COVID-19 LIVE | Mandatory Aarogya Setu app, thermal screening for passengers, social distancing in flights: New SOP issued for domestic flights

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On Thursday, the government issued a new SOP for the resumption of domestic flight operations from May 25. Some of the key points of it are mandatory Aarogya Setu app for passengers except not children below 14 years of age, thermal screening zone for fliers before entering the airport terminal building, sanitisation of passengers’ baggage before entry into terminals.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in the country on Thursday, registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 63,624, while 45,299 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

“Thus, around 40.32 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said.

All you need to know about the new SOP for domestic terminals of airports

  • AAI issues SOP for airports for recommencement of domestic flights, says Aarogya Setu app not mandatory for children below 14 years of age.
  • Passengers must compulsorily walk through thermal screening zone on city side before entering airport terminal building. Airport operators must make appropriate arrangement for sanitisation of passengers’ baggage before entry into terminal building.
  • All food and beverage (F&B) and retail outlets to be opened with COVID-19 precautions. Take-away to be encouraged to prevent crowding. Promote digital payments, self-ordering booths at F&B and retails outlets.
  • Passenger seating arrangement shall be done in such a manner so as to maintain social distancing among passengers using chairs by blocking those seats that are not to be used, with proper markers/tapes

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