Lufthansa Group is tightening the exemptions from mask requirements onboard their flights to include a medical certificate and a negative Covid-19 test.

Previously, exceptions to wearing masks were only applied to people suffering from a serious medical condition, pre-approved by a certified physician. Now, Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) is tightening the rules further. In order to remain without a face covering during a flight, a passenger will have to present a  negative COVID-19 test, made no later/earlier than 48 hours before the start of a trip.

The statement was released on August 24, 2020, and the new policy is set to come into effect across all Lufthansa Group’s airlines from September 1, 2020. This includes all previously booked flights from all passengers who plan to fly with Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA), Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines.

The airline group was also among the first to offer PCR Corona testing in Frankfurt airport (FRA), providing an opportunity to its passengers to pay for tests and avoid self-quarantine.

The Lufthansa Group announced on August 27 to be continuing its five weekly flights to New York (JFK) from Frankfurt (Germany), offering PCR corona tests to arrivals at the Frankfurt Airport.

During the pandemic, the company experienced an 80% revenue drop and a net loss of €1.7 billion ($2 billion) in Q2, 2020. Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) has also launched “ReNew” program, under which the company already axed 8,300 employees with 22,000 more to follow.

Lufthansa Group reported a huge Q2 2020 loss and confirmed that it will cut 22,000 jobs from the group, including 14 Airbus A380 aircraft that will be permanently retired.