Access to Calgary airport now limited to travellers and staff

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Only travellers and airport employees will be permitted to enter the Calgary International Airport starting Monday as officials seek to ensure physical distancing can be maintained by limiting the number of people passing through.

The Calgary Airport Authority announced the change to its terminal access policy, which means those wishing to greet loved ones at arrivals or bid farewell to friends and family at departures will no longer have that option.

Only passengers with valid boarding passes and on-duty airport employees can enter the building, as per the new rules.

Since June, the airport authority has recommended that people who aren’t required to enter the building for work or travel refrain from coming inside. Curb-side drop-off and pick-up has been encouraged.

The policy change announced Monday makes that recommendation a requirement.

Signage has been updated on all airport doors and inside parkades. The rule applies to both domestic and international sections of the airport.

“The goal of this change is to reduce the number of people inside terminal and help limit the spread of COVID-19,” the airport authority said in a statement.

It has made exceptions to the policy, which will allow support persons for travellers with accessibility needs to enter the airport. Those accompanying a minor travelling alone, as well as Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel guests, will also be permitted inside the building.

Approved accredited media also fall under the exception.
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