Masks – Must At Airports

October 9, 2020

Starting October 13, 2020, it will be mandatory for travelers and employees at the Northwest Territories (NWT) airport terminal buildings to wear a mask. However, even before this mandate is brought into effect, everybody in the airport premises is requested to wear masks as a safety precaution in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation, to help contain the spread of the virus. This rule has been suggested to be brought into effect given the increase in the number of passengers traveling.

Travelers are already required to wear a mask while going through security and/or to board a flight, since this Transport Canada regulation came into effect on April 20, 2020. Passengers and employees are requested to carry and use their own masks.

Given below is a list of exemption for people with special conditions or specific medical conditions:

  • Individuals unable to remove their mask without assistance;
  • Children under the age of two;
  • Individuals authorized by security, airline staff or airport staff to remove their mask for identification purposes;
  • Individuals will be allowed to temporarily remove their mask to eat, drink or take oral medications.

People should continue to follow other protective measures like,

  • Maintain a two-meter physical distance from others
  • Washing hands
  • Covering a cough or sneeze
  • Not touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Staying home when sick

A reminder that until further notice, only passengers, employees, and service staff will be permitted inside Northwest Territories’ airports. Those who are dropping someone off or picking someone up are requested to not enter the terminal.

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