Tuesday 27 October, 2020

AATT announces additional measures to block entrance of COVID-19

The Airports Authority is advising members of the public of its additional measures and protocol to seek to protect the nation’s citizens, travellers and its employees from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement on Friday, it said that in addition to travel restrictions put in place by the Government, the following measures have been instituted at T&T’s international airports:

- All arriving international passengers are screened with thermal scanners on disembarking at the jet bridges and in the Immigration Halls to identify and flag high body temperatures

- Quarantine Stations have been established at the airports to isolate and interview passengers who may show symptoms of the COVID-19

- Suspected cases are to be transported to off-site facilities as guided by Port Health officials and the Ministry of Health

- The Authority has participated in an Infectious Disease Tabletop Simulation Exercise and other scenario planning exercises which have been led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to enhance our readiness to respond

- The Authority has increased its stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for its members of staff and has distributed hand sanitisers to all Departments of the Authority

- Ten additional automated hand sanitisers have been affixed to the walls at strategic locations throughout the north terminal building, Piarco International Airport

- Literature on COVID-19 preventative measures has been distributed to employees of the Authority, together with information on international airport best practice methods to respond to communicable diseases

- Sensitisation sessions have been conducted for airport employees and other airport stakeholders facilitated by the MoH and the Division of Health of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA)

- There have been the placement of data on all flight information display screens and other digital screens at the airports to educate airport users about preventative measures for the COVID-19

- Banners have been installed at various locations at the airports to educate airport users about the COVID-19 and  

- Measures that travellers should take in light of COVID-19 have been posted on all corporate social media platforms

 The Authority further said its management has been updated on the latest news relating to COVID-19 by the MoH and World Health Organisation (WHO) through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

It added that it has received best practice guidance for airports on ways to reduce the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 across international borders.

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