The Port of Seattle announces a new set of protocols and procedures this week to maintain the safety, health and well-being of passengers and employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) during the current coronavirus outbreak in Washington state.

Among the new steps are installing more than 45 new hand-sanitizers at security checkpoints, jet bridges, gates, ground transportation centers and other locations throughout the airport, with an additional 45 expected to be added soon. SEA is also increasing cleaning frequencies at all high touch point areas, such as escalators, elevators, ticketing kiosks, badge readers, door handles and handrails

“The Port, along with our aviation, maritime operators and federal agencies are working together for the safety of our passengers and employees,” says Peter Steinbrueck, Port of Seattle Commission president. “Our port’s transportation facilities play a critical role in the local economy, millions of people and their personal lives. We appreciate the efforts by all employees and partners who are doing everything possible to keep travel safe for all.”

SEA officials are coordinating efforts with carriers at the airport, including Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which are also taking steps to ensure traveler safety, and are urging passengers and employees at the airport to take common-sense steps like washing their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces, cleaning their device screens and staying home if they don’t feel well.