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YVR takes further action against COVID-19

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:51 PDT, Tue March 17, 2020

Vancouver International Airport CEO Craig Richmond provided an update Tuesday on the airport’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 16 that only four Canadian airports would be accepting incoming international flights, including Vancouver International Airport (YVR). 

This update also advised that all incoming travellers will face increased screening. Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus must declare their symptoms and acknowledge that they are asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they have travelled internationally.

“Other measures include an increased officer presence at points of entry. Those officers will approach any traveller displaying signs of illness,” said Richmond.

“Instructional handouts (will be) given to all travellers arriving in Canada and increased signage (will be) displayed at all ports of entry, including airports, with public health messaging.”

All travellers will be asked to fill out a coronavirus form from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Any travellers of concern will be given mask kits.

YVR has also added many more hand sanitizer dispensers and is employing an enhanced cleaning team to increase sanitization of high touch surfaces.

For a full update on the airport’s response to COVID-19, visit

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