All 22,000 badged Orlando International Airport employees will be required to wear masks or face coverings inside public areas going forward, the airport says.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority approved the measure during a virtual meeting Wednesday.
“We continue to update our protocols to reflect the concerns of the community and inspire confidence among the traveling public,” Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said in a news release. “This new policy adds an extra layer of protection by encouraging procedures for our employees and confidence to the users of the airport that we are serious about promoting social distancing and personal hygiene.”
Employees can wear medical, industrial, or homemade masks, or face coverings made of cloth as long as it covers the nose and mouth and doesn’t depict any offensive messages or images. The masks or coverings can temporarily be removed to facilitate identification or for other necessary work duties, the airport said.
Workers will also have to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines where practical.
The airport didn’t provide an end date for the face-covering policy but said it would be at the CEO’s discretion.
This news comes on the same day the airport needed to clarify a statement from Governor Ron DeSantis, in which he stated the airport had 200+ workers test positive for COVID-19.
That was not the case.
These new changes and developments come as airlines prepare to ramp-up operations.