Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow has announced extensive measures to contain spread of COVID-19, the company said.
Sheremetyevo Airport is adhering to all the directives and recommendations of the Russian government´s emergency response headquarters in charge of preventing the importation and spread of the novel coronavirus in the territory of the Russian Federation.
The airport has closed terminals E and C for both departures and arrivals effective March 20, 2020. All flights currently operating in these terminals will be transferred to Terminal D and Terminal F.
All passengers arriving at Terminal F undergo health checks. Preventive measures begin on board the aircraft, where officers of the Federal Consumer Supervision Service check passengers´ condition using remote thermal-imaging cameras.
Temperatures are taken for all passengers and crew members who arrive in Moscow, and biological samples are collected for the subsequent test for COVID-19.
Medical personnel examine passengers for signs of illness. Passengers who are running a fever or present with cold or flu-like symptoms are taken to isolation wards in the medical stations of the airport and then to hospitals specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases. There are two medical crews from the center for emergency medicine of the Moscow Oblast on duty at the airport at all times.
Sheremetyevo Airport has organized full-scale notification of passengers about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
500,000 medical masks have been purchased for SIA JSC staff. All staff involved in providing services to passengers are issued personal protective equipment (medical masks and gloves. Dispensers of liquid disinfectant have been placed in all utility spaces to allow staff to wash their hands at every opportunity.
Sheremetyevo Airport has expanded efforts to decontaminate all premises. The strictest measures are being put in place in Terminal F, which is currently serving flights arriving from countries with large numbers of COVID-19 cases.
SIA JSC plans to continue to implement all measures that might be necessary to prevent COVID-19 from being brought into Russia and from being spread in the country. The measures aimed at checking passengers and staff and at improved disinfection of the airport premises will continue until special orders are received from the government of Russia and the emergency response headquarters for the prevention of COVID-19 in the territory of Russia.