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Face masks remain optional in NAIA amid FLiRT variant

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The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is collaborating with the Department of Health (DOH) through the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) to combat the spread of the FLiRT COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.   

However, the airport management has clarified that it is not imposing the use of face masks on travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The BoQ issued a memorandum urging the public to take basic health measures against possible infection and to complete a health questionnaire in the e-Travel registration. 

MIAA General Manager Eric Jose Ines emphasizes the importance of public cooperation in these efforts and encourages the practice of minimum safety measures to protect the health and well-being of all.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all passengers and the public. We urge everyone to follow the basic health protocols and guidelines set by health authorities, such as frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, wearing a mask if experiencing flu-like symptoms, and seeking medical attention and testing if you feel unwell,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ines has instructed terminal housekeeping service providers to disinfect items and locations where passenger contact exposure is high, such as check-in counters, immigration counter tops, and plastic trays used for final screening of passenger luggage and items. 

As of May 25, the Philippines has reported 6,138 active COVID-19 cases, with the National Capital Region having the highest number of cases.


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