According to Robin Smith, a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), a new policy at the Pearson International Airport will discourage “meeters and greeters” from accessing the airport’s terminal.
“The safety and security of our passengers and employees is our top priority” said Robin in a written statement.
“We’re taking a number of steps in collaboration with our partners to prepare for restart and recovery, and we look forward to sharing more details on these initiatives soon.”
Exceptions to the policy will be made for people who are accompanying minors or individuals with disabilities.
The policy, which is set start on June 1, 2020, would also apply to airport workers, effectively discouraging meetups inside the airport to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Airport workers who need to meet with family members or other acquaintances for any reason before, during or after their workday, must do so outside the terminal buildings,” said the statement.
Additionally, as of June 1, all passengers and airport workers will be required to wear a face covering when in public areas of the airport.
This includes areas such as security screenings, parking facilities, sidewalks and curbs outside the terminal and other outdoor public areas.
According to the statement from GTAA, people may be asked to remove their face covering for identification purposes or only if they are seated and physically distanced when eating or drinking.
Regarding how the new policy will be enforced, GTAA says that Peel Regional Police, security guards, and airport safety officers will be educating and reminding staff and passengers about the new policy and requirements.
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