Masks will be required at Reagan National, Dulles airports

A woman wearing a mask walks through a terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Face masks or coverings will now be required at Dulles International and Reagan National airports starting Friday.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) said it is in accordance with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandate that protective face coverings be worn in indoor public spaces. Exceptions include children under age 10 and people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering.

Most airlines now require passengers to wear face masks onboard and during the boarding process, but up until now, it was only encouraged before boarding in the airports.

Passengers may be asked to adjust masks when going through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints as part of the passenger identification process.

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport said masks are required throughout its terminals and passengers may also be asked to adjust masks when going through TSA checkpoints.

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MWAA said masks can be temporarily removed while stationary and at least 6 feet from others in the terminal while eating and drinking.

Dulles airport has increased sanitation of its mobile lounges, including the use of self-drying disinfectant spray. Shuttle buses at both airports have been eliminated.

Both airports now also charge economy parking rates at lots and garages that are within walking distance of the terminals.

Plexiglass barriers are also being installed at airline ticket counters, airline gate boarding podiums and at TSA podiums.

More information about face mask requirements at Reagan National and Dulles is posted online.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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