Categories: Coronavirus

COVID-19: Don’t bring your aides to airports, FG warns VIPs

The Federal government yesterday has warned top government officials and very important persons, VIPs, not to approach airport terminals with their aides or personal assistants.

Report confirm that such privileges will no longer be entertained once the operation of domestic flights commences tomorrow.

Giving the warning during the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said only the person traveling will be allowed within the terminal, in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

Sirika also revealed that social distancing will be observed on occasions where there was available space, adding that normal seating arrangements won’t be out of place as aircraft cabins remained some of the safest places.

“We are going to sequence our arrival and departure so as to know the number of passengers entering the terminal building.

“Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that top government officials, top military personnel, members of national and states assemblies, governors and judicial officers, among other VIPs, are not allowed to enter airport terminals with their aides or PAs as they will no longer be allowed once flight operations commence on Wednesday, July 8.

“We are going to commence domestic flight operation on Wednesday July 8, with Lagos and Abuja having passed the test of operation. Kano is also ready for operation, while Port Harcourt and Owerri are going to be ready shortly.

“If there is space in the flight, social distancing will be observed but if otherwise, people will have to seat normally because COVID-19 protocol risk of contamination is reduced while seating in cabin.”

Ikechi Micheal

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