Governor Inslee updates airport standards in Washington

Sep 25 2020, 11:07 am

Washingtonians hoping to fly this holiday season will be met with new requirements unlike those in previous years.

In order to help protect the health and safety of workers, passengers and crew in the aviation sector, Governor Jay Inslee has updated his requirements and recommendations for commercial airports.

The new Commercial Service Airport Requirements require all persons to wear face coverings in all public areas of the airport. Airports are required to post signage reminding guests to honor physical distancing. They must also install protective barriers to help buffer travelers and airport workers.

In addition to the buffered, all high-touch surfaces must be regularly disinfected with medical-grade cleaning products, and hand sanitizer must be available throughout the terminal.

Airport vendors and businesses must continue to follow state and county health agency requirements, including those for employee screening, physical distancing requirements, sanitation and personal hygiene protocols, personal protective equipment, and methods to provide services while limiting close interactions.

Although not mandatory, the new guidance strongly encourages airlines to establish health screening questionnaires for passengers regarding potential coronavirus exposures or symptoms.

“The steps we’re taking will help protect those who need to fly,” Inslee said in a press conference Thursday. “This guidance isn’t just about SeaTac — these requirements apply to airports across the state — Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Everett too.”

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