Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic remains ongoing, there are a number of preventative measures in place at St Helena Airport to minimise the likelihood of the virus spreading in the St Helenian community. These measures are only effective if visitors and staff work together for everyone’s benefit.
Visitors to the Airport will now see a change to the way that flights and passengers are facilitated. These include:
- All staff will wear face masks when passengers and crew arrive from other countries
- Staff will, where possible, maintain an accepted distance from all persons
- All staff are instructed to regularly sanitise their hands, and for any high-risk activities that may entail possible contamination (such as cargo and baggage operations), to remove and wash clothing and take a shower before leaving the Airport
- Desk screens have been installed to add an effective physical barrier whilst still permitting interaction between staff and visitors
- Robust cleaning regimes have been developed to (for example), more regularly clean ‘shared’ surfaces such as desks, trolleys, security trays, and washrooms
- A COVID-19 briefing session is given to all staff prior to the arrival of every aircraft to remind them of these measures.
These preventative measures have been designed to minimise the chances of contamination and cross-contamination in an effort to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading on Island. COVID-19 marshals are available at the Airport if visitors have any queries or concerns which they may wish to raise.
Visitors to the Airport, especially those arriving from COVID-19 infected countries are asked to adhere to the following measures to assist the Airport with minimising COVID-19 spread:
- Wear your face mask at all times unless otherwise directed to do so
- Regularly sanitise your hands, particularly before and after using ‘shared’ surfaces (desks, washrooms, security trays, etc.)
- Keep your distance from other people wherever possible, and when queueing, stand where shown by the floor stickers. Likewise, only sit where you are permitted to do so.
Protecting St Helena
When we work together to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it benefits you, the Airport and the St Helenian community.