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YVR launches program to reduce COVID-19 spread, encourage travellers to fly 

Last Updated Jun 19, 2020 at 6:17 am PST

Vancouver International Airport has launched YVR TAKEcare. The program is aimed at promoting safety and includes making face coverings mandatory. YVR said in a tweet "we mean everybody." (Courtesy yvrairport/Twitter)

YVR has launched a new health and safety campaign

It aims at reducing the risk of transmitting COVID-19, encouraging travel

Travellers will need to wear a face covering at all times

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A health and safety campaign has taken off at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

YVR TAKEcare is designed to help you get through the airport without worrying about COVID-19.

“This new program is meant to help people move through the airport safely, with confidence, and get ready to travel again when our government, removes borders restrictions and isolation requirements,” says Robyn McVicker, vice president of operations and maintenance for the Vancouver Airport Authority.

You will now need to wear a face covering at all times, and only employees or travellers with a valid ticket are allowed in the airport.

Passengers will also find more hand sanitizer, clear physical distancing signage throughout YVR, and plexiglass at counters. All high-touch areas will be thoroughly cleaned.

YVR TAKEcare team members will be spread throughout the airport to help passengers find their way.

McVicker says the airport has been working with all levels of governments, as well as globally, to provide a standardized approach to safety at YVR.

She adds that the airport has a public interest mandate not only to keep the airport open and operating safely, but to provide economic and social benefits to local communities.

“It’s really important that we get the YVR hub back up and operating,” says McVicker.

Traffic at Vancouver airport has been substantially down (a decrease of 90 per cent) since restrictions on international travel were implemented in March, but McVicker says this is slowly reversing.

“While passenger numbers are still low, I’m happy to say that we are seeing incremental growth each and every week,” says McVicker.

“Air Canada and WestJet have both increased flights for this summer.”

McVicker added 9/11 had lasting effects on how airport processes worked and says COVID-19 may have the same long-term impact.

“This new normal is going to be a different approach.”