To reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has implemented new guidelines for travelers and employees. Starting June 1, staff members and individuals will have to wear face masks inside airport facilities. There are some exceptions to this new requirement.

"Effective June 1, 2020 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will require all employees and members of the public entering public airport facilities, including the terminals, the Rental Car Center, the PHX Sky Train®, and Airport buses to wear a face covering," announced the airport's website.

The international hub's new requirement means that employees and people traveling will need some sort of face covering to enter public spaces within the building.

Face coverings do not have to be standard face masks. The official statement says that homemade cloth masks and bandanas can be used so long as the nose and mouth are covered. 

If you happen to forget yours at home, the hub has several stores selling masks. The website states that PPE can be purchased in Terminal 4 at the following locations:

  • Trip Advisor (Gates A1-A14)
  • 12 News (Gates A17-A30)
  • Arizona Highways (Pre-security)

There are some exceptions to this new stipulation, including:

  • Children who are two years old and younger
  • Children 12 years old and younger and people who have a physical disability preventing the wearing of the coverings
  • Hearing-impaired individuals who use facial and mouth movements to communicate
  • People who are eating or drinking
  • People with documented medical conditions that are unable to wear one
  • When applicable, individuals who need to be identified such as pre-screening
  • When taking photos for Aviation Credentialing/Security Badging

The airport has also implemented a 24-hour cleaning schedule that focuses on spots deemed "high-touch" areas.

If you happen to be traveling during this time, the website lists some actions that people can take as travelers to promote safety.

They suggest that travelers wash their hands regularly, use mobile boarding passes instead of printed ones, practice social distancing, and check their website for updated policies.

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