Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced that passengers travelling through Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports will have to wear face coverings and gloves.

With this move, the three airports will be the first in the country to urge passengers to wear face coverings.

In the starting days of the trial, the airports will provide face coverings and gloves to passengers who arrive at the airport without them.

Passengers will also be guided by the staff to help navigate via the security processes.

This measure is expected to ensure that the passengers who are travelling through the airport for essential work are safe while the health of the employees at the airport is not compromised.

The airport expects that in the future, face coverings and gloves will be a major aspect of ensuring safety in the airport terminal.

Additionally, employees at the airports will have to wear gloves and face masks. MAG is also carrying out limited temperature screening trials.

This trial will help test the equipment and will not be used to determine if a passenger can travel.

MAG has also planned to urge the passengers to make a health declaration. Passengers will be informed beforehand when such a trial is implemented.

MAG group CEO Charlie Cornish said: “It’s clear that social distancing will not work on any form of public transport. But we’re confident that when the time is right, people will be able to travel safely.

“MAG has been working with the rest of the airport industry on a new safety framework for travel. We now need to work urgently with Government to agree how we operate in the future. This has to be a top priority so that people can be confident about flying, and to get tourism and travel going again.

“At MAG we’ve taken expert medical advice on how people can travel safely, and we’re pleased to be piloting these new measures at our airports for those passengers who do still need to travel. We expect to be able to agree a new framework by the end of May that will support a restart of the industry as soon as possible.”