How YYC is responding to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments
Summary: The safety and security of our employees and guests is our top priority.
We are aware of increasing concerns around Coronavirus and we wanted to provide an update on the measures underway here at YYC.
While the risk of COVID-19 infection to Canadians is still low (there is one presumptive case in Alberta as of March 5. The affected individual recently returned from travel on board a Grand Princess cruise ship in California). It is important to be prepared at the individual and community level for all possible scenarios. In order to mitigate the impacts, everyone has a role to play.
Our Emergency Response Services (ERS) team is leading YYC’s pandemic planning and are actively working with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and other agencies to ensure any additional measures required are implemented. Currently, all enhanced measures required have been successfully implemented.
Each of us can be prepared in the event of an emergency by understanding how coronavirus spreads and how to prevent illness.
WHAT YYC IS CURRENTLY DOING?
- Our ERS team is holding COVID-19 info sessions starting March 11 for YYC Crew and Team YYC. Stay tuned to the Hub for more details on registration.
- Hygiene care kits will be placed in all YYC office areas in central locations. The kits include medical grade virucide wipes and hand sanitizer.
- Enhanced screening measures in place at Canadian Airports.
- We are doubling the frequency of terminal cleaning according to public health standards and have the necessary supplies in stock to do so.
- Reviewing our pandemic plan and sharing it internally and with the airport community.
- Reviewing both critical roles for our internal resources and our contracted resources should a global pandemic be declared.
- Posted hand washing signs in all washrooms and on digital screens.
- Deployed additional hand sanitizers throughout the terminal.
- Continued updates on The Hub and Team YYC.
- Weekly communications with PHAC and coordination with Alberta Health Services to ensure we stay on top of all developments.
- Protocols exist for YYC, Air Carriers, PHAC, CBSA, Alberta Health Services and emergency responders on how to handle travelers with any suspected communicable disease.
- Provided additional sanitizing products for teams that have requested it.