San Diego International Airport (SAN) has made face covering mandatory for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property.

The new measure is in accordance with California Health and Safety Code to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

However, as per the County of San Diego Health Officer directives, persons with medical or mental health conditions or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering will be exempted by the airport from adhering to the new rule.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO Kim Becker said: “SAN’s top priority is the health and safety of all airport users. We’ve taken many steps to help curb the spread of Covid-19 and appreciate all airport users adhering to the local and state health orders.”

The airport has also put in place various other measures to ensure the safety and protection of its passengers and employees.

To enforce the six-foot social distancing rules at the airport, the authority has placed red tape markings on floors at security checkpoints, airline ticket counters, and concession areas.

All airport users are urged to follow social distancing measures and other CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of germs. This includes washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Meanwhile, San Diego International Airport remains fully open as essential critical infrastructure in the transportation systems sector. It is currently transporting critical medicines and supporting commerce and tourism for the San Diego region.