Tallinn Airport urges passengers to follow anti-coronavirus rules ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Airport on Sunday. March 22, 2020.
Tallinn Airport on Sunday. March 22, 2020. Source: Mariana Betsa/Twitter

Tallinn Airport is asking passengers to follow the social distancing rules in place now that there has been an increase in flights arriving and departing.

With the resumption of air services, is is important that passengers continue to exercise precaution, Katrin Hagel, head of passenger services at Tallinn Airport said on Friday.

"Compliance with the 2+2 rule is required at the airport, and we request that passengers keep sufficient distance from other people. In order for adherence to the 2+2 rule to be possible at security control and check-in desks, we request that people arrive at the airport two hours before departure. Access to the passenger terminal is only granted to passengers, therefore we request people say their goodbyes outside the terminal."

In order to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the airport recommends passengers use face masks and disinfectants which are available. Personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and disinfectants are also sold at airport stores. 

"People should definitely acquaint themselves with the rules imposed at their destination and by their flight operator. Some carriers, for instance, have made wearing a mask mandatory," Hagel said.

The passenger terminal is being cleaned more often than before and the most frequently used surfaces, such as service counters, boxes in the security line, handles of baggage trolleys, strollers, wheelchairs, elevator surfaces and surfaces of restrooms have been covered with a nanotechnology based catalytic coating, Hagel said

. Catalytic cover disinfects the surfaces continuously, using the light available in the room. This ensures the hygiene of the surfaces also between cleaning times.

The airport also began static disinfection of upholstered furniture and carpeting in May.

"Static disinfecting is faster and more efficient than other methods, as the electro-statically powered particles are finer and the disinfectant spreads better also into hidden places," Hagel noted.

UV light based air purifying units have been installed into the security zone's ventilation system in order to sterilize and clean the air of microorganisms, such as viruses and bacteria.

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