Facial Coverings Now Required at San Diego International Airport

May 4, 2020
Mandate in conjunction with San Diego County Health orders.

Per the California Health and Safety Code sections 101040, 120175, and 120175.5 (b), facial coverings are now required at San Diego International Airport (SAN) for all passengers, visitors, tenants, contractors and employees while on airport property. As stated by the County of San Diego Health Officer, persons with a medical or mental health condition, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering shall be exempt from this requirement. The mandate is to help curb the spread of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

According to the California Department of Public Health, a cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

The airport has placed red tape markings on floors at security checkpoints, airline ticket counters, and concession areas to adhere to six-foot social distancing rules. All airport users are also encouraged to comply with social distancing requirements and follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of germs which include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

“SAN’s top priority is the health and safety of all airport users,” said Kim Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We’ve taken many steps to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and appreciate all airport users adhering to the local and state health orders.”