Saturday, March 14, 2020
Alaska Airlines has informed us that an Alaska customer service employee at SFO has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee worked in Terminal 2, and was last on duty on Tuesday, March 10th.
The safety and health of our employees and passengers is our highest priority. Prior to this news, SFO had already implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures throughout the Airport, and applied additional deep cleaning to the areas in Terminal 2 where the employee worked.
In the meantime, all employees and passengers should monitor their health and assess any symptoms that align with those of COVID-19: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Before going to a doctor’s office or the medical clinic, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and where you work. Avoid contact with others, and avoid traveling while sick.
Friday, March 13 , 2020
- Effective 9:00pm Pacific time, a Presidential Proclamation goes into effect, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. [Link to statement]
- US citizens and other exempted categories who visited these certain European countries during the past 14 days can still enter the US, but will be told to stay home for 14 days to monitor their health.
- Airlines who serve the affected area may be adjusting or suspending their flight schedules a result. We are in communication with these airlines to understand their plans, and recommend that travelers contact their airline directly for the latest information.
- The following changes will be effective Sunday, March 15, 2020, and will continue until advised otherwise:
- T1 Boarding Area “C” Security Checkpoint hours will be reduced from 0400-0100 hours to 0400-1100 hours daily. Screening operations will be consolidated at T2 “D” Security Checkpoint during closed hours.
- T3 F3 Security Checkpoint will temporarily close until further notice.
In efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (novel corona virus), several important changes to immigration procedures and flight schedules have impacted travel, predominantly to/from China and most European countries. For the latest information, please visit the following resources:
- The San Francisco Department of Public Health is providing updated information about COVID-19 as well as guidance for prevention.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing updated information about COVID-19 for travelers.
- The Department of Homeland Security is providing updated information related to travel restrictions and enhanced screening procedures for travelers.
For flights, cancellations, and rerouting, please contact your airline directly for the latest information.
Please note that SFO has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of germs, including:
- Custodial staff have increased the cleaning of touch points such as handrails, buttons and door handles with a germicidal agent that kills all coronaviruses and is outlined in CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfection.
- Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the terminals and around checkpoint areas.
- SFO has deployed battery-operated sprayers and all-surface cleaning equipment for specialized and as-needed cleaning requirements.
The situation is fluid and changing frequently. Please check back often for the most up to date information.