Norwegian state-owned airport operator Avinor has announced that it is implementing infection control measures in the country’s airports to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Avinor stated that it has been adhering to the guidelines and advice offered by the national and local health authorities since the end of January this year.
Since January, the airport operator has displayed information using digital screens, posters and other visible locations across airport terminals. The Norwegian Directorate of Health provided the information for this signage.
It also boosted the cleaning of public areas, focusing on the most frequently touched surfaces. Staff also ensured that toilets were checked more often for refills of soap, paper towels and general cleaning checks.
Avinor has initiated talks to develop further measures for infection control to be implemented in the airports.
Avinor Communications head Joachim Westher Andersen said: “There will be an increased focus on ensuring that recommended distancing is maintained.
“The closure of some check-in machines, markings on the floor and further information on electronic displays and posters are all examples of this. We are also evaluating the use of plexiglass to prevent infection between employees and passengers.”
Avinor also continues to ensure the availability and positioning of hand sanitisers throughout the airports.
The quarantine guidelines for arriving passengers and the guidelines for passengers who may be infected with the Covid-19 virus continue to be enforced.
Andersen added: “For us, it is absolutely essential that we follow the applicable guidelines issued by the Norwegian authorities in order to ensure infection control is fully enforced at all of Norway’s airports.
“We are pleased that clear guidelines have been issued by the authorities that confirm our measures are appropriate. Even if individual municipalities have the specific responsibility for preventing infection, we want to contribute accurate, comprehensive information to all passengers in our capacity as the airport operator.”
In March, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced plans to restrict the entry of non-resident foreigners into its airports to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country.