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'We believe this policy supports public health guidance to help keep PDX employees and passengers healthy.'

PMG FILE PHOTO - Port of Portland officials said travelers passing through PDX would have to wear face coverings. The port also will close waiting areas, asking people picking up passengers to stay outside the terminal.
If you're heading to Portland International Airport, be sure to take a face mask.

Port of Portland officials said Wednesday, May 13, the airport will require travelers and airport employees would have to wear face coverings beginning Monday, May 18. Children younger than 2 and people with medical conditions that prevent wearing a face covering are exempt from the rule.

"This is a critical piece of helping restore and build confidence in the travel process," said Port of Portland Chief Operating Officer Dan Pippenger. "We believe this policy supports public health guidance to help keep PDX employees and passengers healthy, and it aligns with our airlines' best practices and with other airports to create a consistent and expected experience for travelers."

Face coverings do not need to be masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders.

The PDX requirements will stay in place as people begin traveling again.

PDX officials also said the areas where travelers and others mingle would be closed. People picking up arriving passengers should stay outside the terminal unless the passenger requires assistance.

Port officials said crews would continue extra cleaning in the terminal to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

During the past two months, some flights from Canada and Mexico have been suspended. About 20 of the airport shops and restaurants have also been closed because of Gov. Kate Brown's stay-home order.


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