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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has restricted access to all terminals at John F Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
As per the update, terminal access in these airports has been restricted to ticketed passengers, airport employees, and those who must enter the facility for airport business.
The port authority said that the new measures have been put in place due to the recent shifts in flight and passenger activity and changes in the airports’ operational footprints, security, cleaning and maintenance protocols.
This new policy will stay active through the duration of the emergency orders from New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority said.
During this period, the Port Authority Police will be available to assist in monitoring access to terminals.
People entering a terminal may be asked to produce evidence of their reason for entry. This includes their ticket, boarding pass, flight reservation or a comparable item for a flight departing from that particular airport.
While the airport employees will be required to provide their airport identification card, vendors and contractors may have to submit necessary documents for the access.
Last month, the Port Authority modified its weekday and weekend schedules on all lines to enable essential workers to maintain social distance.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has caused unprecedented financial distress on the airport industry globally.
At present, the airports are only allowing essential travels in a bid to contain the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe.