Tampa International Airport (TPA) in the US will require all guests and passengers travelling through its terminal and facilities to wear face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 disease, in accordance with a City of Tampa Executive Order.
The move comes after Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s city-wide order that requires employees and anyone walking into a business must cover their mouth and nose with a mask or face covering.
TPA has asked its employees to wear masks or face coverings for several weeks and urged passengers to do the same while in the airport. The new ordinance reinforces the rules for everyone.
Children under two, people with health conditions, those eating and drinking or those who are able to maintain a six-foot distance from others are given an exception from wearing the masks.
Public safety, fire and other safety and healthcare personnel are also exempted from the order as their personal protective equipment requirements are governed by their respective agencies.
Earlier this month, a number of airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, has separately implemented mandatory mask requirements for passengers.
Passengers who do not comply with the safety protocols enforced by the airlines are said to face consequences, including suspension of flying privileges on that particular airline.
Tampa Airport also rolled out an airport-wide scheme titled ‘TPA Ready’ as part of its efforts to restart business following the pandemic.
The effort included measures such as social distancing and the use of masks, plastic shield barriers, surface disinfection and touchless transactions to contain the spread of the virus.