Charleston International Airport to Require Face Coverings

The Charleston International Airport is now requiring anyone entering the facility to wear a mask. Guests should bring a face covering with them so they can be worn throughout their time in the airport. Acceptable face coverings include bandanas, scarves, t-shirts and other fabric that’s held in place over a person’s nose and mouth. Guests will be allowed to remove their masks for a short time in order to consume food or beverages but must put their masks back on when they are finished eating. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to put one on. Almost all airlines already require passengers to wear face coverings at ticket counters, upon boarding and during their flight.

All employees who have been issued a security badge by the Charleston County Aviation Authority will be required to utilize facial coverings inside airport public areas.

“It is important for us to put protocols in place that reflect the concerns of the community and inspire confidence among the traveling public,” said Elliott Summey, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “The health and safety of our passengers and employees at CHS is our number one priority, and it is going to take all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

“The information is clear. COVID-19 infection rates are rising rapidly. Every business and individual must do their part to impact the growth and spread of this virus in our community,” said Helen T. Hill, Aviation Authority Board Chair. “Each of us has a choice to make. Will we embrace safety to protect each other in order to keep our businesses open, maintain the positive economic momentum we’ve achieved to date, and realize a complete recovery sooner? Our community has a history of overcoming adversity. As we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Charleston, let’s come together to show the world how we can overcome this crisis.”

The airport has partnered with the Medical University of South Carolina to conduct an environmental, health, and business flow analysis, as a part of MUSC’s Back2Business initiative. The airport has also put in place various other measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its passengers and employees.

All airport users are strongly encouraged to follow social distancing measures and other CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs. This includes washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

To enforce the six-foot social distancing rules at the airport, the authority has placed “social distancing” markings on floors at security checkpoints, airline ticket counters, and other areas.

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