Orlando prepares for normal services

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Orlando International Airport is getting ready to resume normal activities when the state of Florida is fully reopened.

Passengers will see signs to encourage physical distancing with orange cones providing visual markers to separate parties by a recommended 6ft.

Acrylic protective screens are being installed at ticket counters and at food and retail outlets. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the terminal and cleaning has been enhanced in high touch-point areas.

Travelers are encouraged to wear face masks, and a number of airlines including American and Frontier are requiring or will require passengers to wear face masks when traveling.

Employee schedules have been adjusted, with those carrying out essential work being able to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Concessions within the terminal are working with airport officials to determine when businesses can reopen and what safety measures need to be implemented.

Airport staff are working with partners to reopen routes, helping the airport recover from lost traffic.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Orlando handled on average 900 flights a day, but this was down to fewer than 300 on May 4.

Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said, “For the last several months, we have taken action for safe and clean facilities to best protect the traveling public and employees from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we focus on rebuilding confidence for passengers that we’re doing what we can to maintain a safe environment.”

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