Wearing face masks now mandatory inside Montreal Trudeau Airport terminal

Jun 19 2020, 11:24 am

If you’re heading inside the terminal at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, it is mandated that you wear a face mask.

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has announced a slew of new health measures that have been implemented at the city’s international airport.

“In addition to the upcoming opening of international and transborder borders, and in order to prepare the facilities to handle a greater influx of passengers, a series of additional measures will be implemented at various strategic points along the terminal’s route,” reads the ADM’s press release.

Upon arrival at YUL, only the entrances 4, 11, and 25 will provide access inside the main terminal. Passengers will be required to wash their hands, answer questions to determine whether they have symptoms associated with COVID-19, and wear a face mask. Temperature checks will also be taken as passengers enter the building.

In order to limit indoor traffic, only travellers and employees will be allowed to enter the airport, meaning accompanying guests must remain in their car in the drop-off zone. People escorting fliers who require special attention or children will be allowed in but will be subject to all the same health checks as passengers.

Inside the terminal, besides mandated face masks, areas where passengers walk by will be cleaned and disinfected 10 times per day. Disinfectant gel dispensers will be accessible at each stage of the traveller’s journey and all washroom sinks, soap dispensers, and hand dryers are now fully automated.

Baggage carts will be disinfected after every use, and restaurants and shops have adapted to public health guidelines, leading to “a number” of reduced seating capacity.

Taxi drivers licensed to operate at YUL will be required to clean their car between each
customer, wear a mask, and wash their hands “regularly,” according to ADM. Some vehicles will be equipped with a plexiglass screen separating the front seats from the passenger seats. These cars can be requested to use to the dispatchers when you call and make your initial arrangement.

“The health and safety of our passengers and employees has always been our top priority. That’s why ADM set up a multi-functional working group whose mandate was to identify best practices in public health, particularly in the air transport industry, to evaluate other airports’ approaches, and to consult with our various industry partners,” said Philippe Rainville, president and CEO of ADM.

“We believe that these new measures, combined with the measures already in place and the increased vigilance of passengers, will significantly limit the spread of the virus in our facilities and make travellers want to come back and visit us at YUL. The entire airport community looks forward to welcoming them back.”

Children under the age of two and persons with breathing difficulties, disabilities, or who are unable to remove their mask without help will be exempt from the face mask policy.