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All travellers at Jersey Airport must wear face masks as part of new safety measures

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NEW safety measures are to be put in place at Jersey Airport to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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From Monday 8 June, anyone travelling or using the Airport Post Office will need to wear their own face mask, either surgical or made from cloth, as will all front-line staff.

All passengers booked to travel on ‘lifeline’ flights operated by Blue Islands on behalf of the government must wear face masks except those passengers who have a medical reason for not wearing one or children under six years.

To help with physical distancing, unless essential access is required, only passengers and Airport staff will now be allowed entry to the terminal buildings and anyone planning to drop off or meet arriving passengers should arrange do so outside the buildings.

In addition, a range of other measures are being put in place, which include:

• Physical distance signage is now installed throughout the terminals, including protective screens and floor markings at check-in. Floor markings are also in place at central security check, where limited numbers of passengers will be allowed access at any one time

• Some access points throughout the terminals have been re-routed to maintain physical distancing as have seating areas

• Hand sanitisers are available throughout the terminal and hand baggage trays in security and all ‘frequent contact’ surfaces are being cleaned more regularly

• Flights will be called over the PA system only when the aircraft is ready for boarding. Until the announcement is made, passengers must stay in the airside departures lounge and not move through to the departure gates

• Ports of Jersey is also reminding passengers that wherever possible, they should check-in online and print their boarding passes prior to travelling to the Airport. Likewise, anyone requiring special assistance at the Airport or onboard their flight must notify their airline at least 48 hours in advance of travelling to ensure services are available to them.

Although no passenger services are currently operating, similar measures will also be put in place at both the Elizabeth Terminal and Albert Terminal at St Helier Harbour in preparation for when restrictions are eased and sea travel can resume.

Richard Heath

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