This takes effect on May 6 and applies to everyone visiting the airport.
Denver International Airport (DEN) announced on Monday, May 4, that they will require all employees, passengers, and visitors will be required to wear face masks and coverings. The requirement will begin on Wednesday, May 6, and last until further notice.
DEN CEO Kim Day said in a release,
"The health and safety of our passengers and employees is our number one priority, and it is going to take all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we slowly enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, it is important that we each take personal responsibility to keep ourselves and our community safe.
We have implemented numerous measures to encourage social distancing and good hygiene practices throughout the airport. But this situation remains fluid. As we prepare for people to return to travel, we continue to focus on the health and safety of our passengers and will implement additional safety measures as necessary."
Passengers should wear facemasks the entire time they are at the airport, including through the TSA screening process, though they should be prepared to adjust it if TSA officers need to verify identity.
DEN has been requiring all employees to wear facemasks and has taken several other measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include:
- Over 100 passenger hand-sanitizing stations.
- Disinfectant wipe dispensers at gates.
- Regular cleaning of high-traffic areas.
- Disabled air dryers in bathrooms to reduce the viral spread.
- Restructured TSA security lines to provide more space between passengers and more signage to keep passengers the appropriate distance apart. Plexiglas is also being installed at TSA stations and podiums.
- Restaurants have gone to carryout options and socially-distant seating. The closure of all food court seating on three concourses.
The requirement to wear facemasks is in accordance with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s mandate that face coverings be worn in public, which goes into effect on May 6, as well.
DEN joins several other airlines and travel partners that have started to make face masks and coverings mandatory, including Alaska, American, Frontier, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, JetBlue, United, and Spirt, with more continuing to announce similar requirements.
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