Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has restricted access to the central terminal area to only ticketed passengers and their guests, as well as authorised airport and city personnel.

The move is to ensure the safety and protection of the passengers and employees amid the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Authorised airport and city personnel and ticketed passengers and their guests will be allowed access throughout each day of the week.

The airport noted that anyone who violates the restrictions will be asked to leave. Those who refuse to comply will be subject to arrest and misdemeanor prosecution.

Previously, LAX implemented a nighttime closure policy that restricted access to the general public between midnight and 5am.

Other airports, including Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), have also restricted access to the general public.

Signage is being posted on and around the airport property informing the public of the closure. The information is also available on the FlyLAX.com and LAWA.org websites.

In February this year, LAX revealed that around 88.1 million passengers travelled through the airport last year, representing the highest number of passengers to date.