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Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) said it is urging the U.S. government to adopt guidelines for the use of facial coverings by all individuals in the public areas of passenger airport terminals.

ACI-NA said the move not only can help protect the health and safety of airport workers and passengers, it will also instill confidence in those who travel through American airports as demand returns.

“North American airports are steadfastly committed to measures that provide for the health and safety of the traveling public and airport employees,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “That’s why we are urging the federal government to issue formal guidelines for the use of facial coverings in passenger terminals. This will help to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and re-instill confidence of those who work in or travel through America’s airports.”

ACI-NA has convened an Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel to assess the operational needs of airports, as well as considerations to ensure passenger safety and guide discussions about how the aviation industry can increase flight capacity as air travelers return.