The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is encouraging all travellers to wear protective face masks on all forms of transport throughout the entire traveller journey, when visiting indoor venues and in situations where maintaining a distance of twometres between people is not possible. The call to action is part of its "wear to care" campaign.
“The safety and hygiene of travellers and those who work in Travel & Tourism is of paramount importance, which is why we now strongly recommend masks being mandatory,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO.
“‘Wear to care’ promotes the protection of face mask users and visibly shows they care about the welfare and safety of their fellow travellers, which will help save lives and encourage the return of Safe Travels.
"The wearing of masks should not be politicized. Wearing a mask needs to become part of everyday life to ensure everyone enjoys travelling in safety until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found. We implore the private sector and global governments to encourage their use so wearing a mask becomes the new normal.”
WTTC points to scientific evidence that countries recovering more quickly and avoiding second COVID-19 spikes are those emphasizing the use of face masks.
"Embracing the use of face masks will reduce the risk of transmission, protect the user and those around them, as well as reintroducing a sense of normality as we learn to live with the virus until a vaccine is found," writes WTTC in a news release.
According to Ramon Sánchez, Principal Investigator and Research Associate at Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, face masks are proven to provide "the highest level of protection against transmission at 82%.”
The new recommendations follow in the wake of WTTC recently issuing its new guidelines for Safe & Seamless Travel including testing and tracing to ensure people can enjoy Safe Travels in the ‘new normal’.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.