PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport announced Wednesday that it will require everybody -- employees and travelers, alike -- to wear a face mask starting June 1. The mandate includes the terminals, the Rental Car Center, the PHX Sky Train, and Airport buses. If you're going to be in any public space in an airport facility, you will have to have some kind of mask.

“Travelers, employees, and those visiting the airport should bring their own face covering to wear throughout the airport,” explains SkyHarbor.com’s COVID-19 page. Several airport stores are currently selling masks with more stores to offer additional options soon." 

Sky Harbor Face Mask

SkyHarbor.com says your face mask can be a homemade cloth mask or even a bandanna. The only requirement is that it covers you face and nose.

Airports in Seattle, Denver and Miami, along with LAX, JFK in New York and Boston Logan, have implemented similar measures, as has ride-share company Uber.

There are a few exceptions to the new rule at Sky Harbor.

  • Children two years of age or younger
  • Any child age 12 years or less unless parents and caregivers supervise the use of face coverings, or any individual who has a physical disability that prevents easily wearing or removing a face covering
  • Any individual who is hearing impaired and uses facial and mouth movements as part of communication, or it is necessary for communicating with an individual using facial and mouth movements to share information
  • Individuals consuming food or beverages
  • Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a documented medical condition
  • When necessary for identification verification purposes
  • When necessary for taking photographs for Aviation Credentialing/Security Badging purposes

It's not clear how the mandate for face coverings will be enforced.

Sky Harbors officials say its "vigilant sanitation efforts" and "thorough 24-hour cleaning schedule" will remain in place. Other measures the Airport has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 include social distance markers, hand sanitizer dispensers, plexiglass barriers at information counters, along with signs and periodic announcements encouraging social distancing.

 

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