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Orlando International Airport makes safety changes amid COVID-19 outbreak

Changes include protective screens at security checkpoint and ticket counters

ORLANDO, Fla.– Leaders at Orlando International Airport are making changes to the flying process as they prepare for air travel to resume during the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials say they will be adding markers at security checkpoints and ticket counters to visually remind passengers to practice social distancing.

Airport workers will also be installing protective screens at ticket counters and at retail and food shops.

Officials with OIA say an enhanced cleaning schedule, which began earlier this year, will continue as they prepare for an increase in passengers as restrictions are eased across the country.

Here’s how Orlando airport is preparing amid Coronavirus concerns:

Crews with the Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport have put together a prevention plan amid Coronavirus concerns in the United States.

Airport officials have been in contact with health officials to get the latest updates on the disease.

“It is critical for the Authority to do everything we can to not only safeguard our passengers but protect our employees from this public health event,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer for Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The airport’s Emergency Management team has done an exceptional job detailing ways

The airports will put up more hand sanitizer stations in the terminals.

Crews will clean high touch point areas more frequently.

Here is a list of some of the areas crews will pay attention to:

  • Escalators
  • Handrails
  • Elevators
  • Curbside
  • Seating areas
  • Tables restrooms
  • Food court areas

The Orlando International Airport has KaiVac and Zymec machines to deep clean the restrooms, inspection stations, and protection areas.

The Zymec is a fogger and the KaiVac sprays a disinfectant throughout a specific area, according to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Crews will also increase the frequency of cleaning airport shuttles.

Kits have also been created for first responders for emergency calls, according to GOAA.

GOAA officials said if you see a first responder in protective gear it is not a sign to be alarmed. Crews said the Centers for Disease Control have first responders wearing this equipment to minimize any chance of first responders getting the virus.

Airport officials have told employees to stay home if they are sick. Travelers should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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