Coronavirus COVID-19 YQY Updates

Coronavirus COVID-19: YQY Updates


Airline Operations Update April 2, 2020:

  • WestJet: Daily service to Halifax continues to operate, however changes can occur with short notice. Passengers are asked to contact WestJet for the latest information about their flight.
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  • Air Canada: Effective April 2, 2020 - All Air Canada services to/from Sydney are now suspended until May 31, 2020
  • Please contact Air Canada directly for assitance. 
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March 30 Update - Transport Canada Interim Order - Health Checks Required for all Departing Passengers:

Effective at noon Monday March 30, 2020 anyone exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 will be denied boarding. 

Under this Transport Canada interim order, airline agents are required to do a health check of all departing passengers to screen for symptoms, including simple health questions, looking for visible signs of illness prior to boarding and recommending that passengers follow guidance from local health authorities.


March 22 Update - Province of Nova Scotia State of Emergency:

On 22 March, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Province is recommending limiting all non-essential travel. If you are entering Nova Scotia after being outside of the province, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.  Provincial inspectors are now onsite at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport and anyone entering the province will be stopped, questioned, and told to self-isolate for 14 days. The inspectors are also providing information to arriving passengers on how to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.  Signage in the terminal is being updated and placed in strategic locations to further communicate this information. 

Coming to JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport? Here’s What You Need To Know

Everyone has a role to play to protect themselves and those around them by practicing good personal hygiene, social distancing and adjusting social norms to reduce contact with others.

If you’re flying in/out of JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, please abide by social distancing recommendations to maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance between yourself and others in all areas of the terminal building.

If you’re picking up a passenger who is arriving at the airport after being outside Nova Scotia:

  • You must wait in your vehicle, do not come inside the terminal building, this measure is necessary in support of social distancing and restrictions on group gatherings of more than five people.
  • We’re offering free 1-hour parking in the short-term (parking meters) section of our car parking areas, this is to make pick-ups efficient and safe for all.
  • If you’re picking up a passenger, again, please stay in your vehicle and make arrangements for the arriving passenger to meet you outside the terminal. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended.
  • If you must assist a passenger upon arrival, please send only one person into the terminal building to help, per the provincial government recommendations to limit person-to-person contact and in support of social distancing measures.

The following precautions are recommended by PHAC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others, limiting social interactions and avoiding non-essential gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid direct personal contact with others.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

What We’re Doing About COVID-19 at JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport? 

The Sydney Airport Authority has updated and implemented our Airport Emergency Plan to reflect what we know about COVID-19 and how we can help manage the impact of this virus in our facility and community if needed. Other steps we’re taking include the following:

  • We’re asking all passengers and employees to practice social distancing, meaning individuals should keep a distance 2 metres (6 feet) from others and avoid non-essential gatherings.
  • We are restricting access inside the terminal to travellers only - if you are dropping off departing passengers or picking up arriving passengers YOU MUST stay in your vehicle, DO NOT ENTER the terminal.
  • We’re posting and sharing public health information with a focus on social distancing, frequent hand washing, and other steps employees and passengers can take to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Our cleaners have enhanced surface cleaning and disinfecting in high traffic areas.
  • We continue to stay in close contact with public health officials federally and provincially to ensure we can share the latest updates with our employees, airport community members and passengers.
  • Sydney Airport Authority employees who can safely and effectively work at home are doing so, to limit employee-to-employee contact. Additional precautions are being taken for employees involved in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the airport terminal building and airfield, including social distancing.
  • As an employer, we’re supporting the provincial government requirement regarding travel outside of Nova Scotia. Until further notice, any Sydney Airport Authority employee who has travelled outside of Nova Scotia will be required to self-isolate for 14-days upon return.

Food, Beverage & Other Services

Chef Todd’s Catering and Deli will be closed until further notice. Beverages and snacks are still available in vending machines throughout the terminal. 

Say Thank You to Airport Staff !

If you are travelling, please say thank you to all of the incredible employees who are working tirelessly to ensure that safe air travel is still possible for our community.  The Sydney Airport Authority and all of our stakeholder and partner employees, are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of each other and our community. Thank you everyone! ​

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