New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday issued a list of guidelines for airlines and airport operators to ensure passengers travelling on flights amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country maintain the necessary ‘social distancing’. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Maharashtra Govt May Restrict Commoners From Boarding Local Trains, Say Reports
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The DGCA guidelines are in tune with the basic safety and precautionary measure every person should take amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here are the rules it states:
* Ensure adequate spacing of at least one meter at Check-in counters between passengers in line and between each individual counters.
* Ensure availability of adequate staff for guiding passengers at Check-in counters and during Security Checks.
* Passengers must maintain adequate distance in waiting area. Keep every alternate seat vacant.
* Ensure there’s no bunching of passengers during boarding and adequate space is maintained.
* Provide sanitizers for all staff and passengers at the entry of the aircraft.
* Cabin crew should maintain adequate distance while serving passengers.
* Seat allocation at the time of Check-in should be done in a way that one seat is kept empty between two passengers.
* All other actions appropriate for social distancing should be maintained.