Ryanair group chief executive Michael O’Leary has called for the removal of “ineffective quarantine measures” and said that by wearing facemasks Irish people can safely “go back flying” from July.

Ryanair group chief executive Michael O’Leary has called for the removal of “ineffective quarantine measures” and said that by wearing facemasks Irish people can safely “go back flying” from July. 
Michael O’Leary said that imposing a quarantine from tomorrow at airports and ports is “simply political game playing”.
He added that Ireland is emerging much more slowly from the health crisis than other European countries. 
Mr O’Leary told Morning Ireland that Ryanair will be flying from July 1 to Spain, Italy and other European destinations.
The airline’s decision is based on advice from the European Centre for Disease Control and the European Safety Agency, who support the resumption of airline business with the use of facemasks, he stated. 
He praised the work done by Government and health authorities in suppressing the virus in Ireland but said “advisors advise and politicians decide and it is time to decide and to get the economy going”.
The Ryanair CEO said that Irish families are booking well-earned holidays in European locations at a time when Ireland is introducing regressive measures.
Mr O’Leary said that Ireland is planning to quarantine those returning from countries with a lower R rate of transmission of the virus and ask them to stay at home for 14 days. 
He said scientific experts from ECDC and ESA have allowed travel to resume again once cabin crew, passengers and those at airports wear facemasks. 
Mr O’Leary claimed the quarantine measures have “no basis in health measures and no basis in science”, adding that people can fly “in perfect safety fully supported by the ECDC and the European Safety Agency”.
But Health Minister Simon Harris has continued to urge people to avoid all non-essential travel from Ireland, saying that is what the country’s doctors are telling us in the interests of our health.
The public health advice is to avoid all non essential travel off the island currently @morningireland – that’s what our doctors are telling us in the interests of our health
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) May 27, 2020
On refunds, Mr O’Leary said of €1.2 billion owed, €400,000 has been refunded. 
He said the company is working through its liabilities in refunds and vouchers and by offering changed flights, but cautioned that it could take three to six months “to complete the job”.
He also said we could readily reduce social distancing guidelines from two metres to one metre with more use of facemasks.
Ryanair is operating less than 1% of its normal flight schedules during April, May and June, while it plans to operate 40% of its normal schedules from July 1.