COVID-19: DGCA mandates social distancing for airlines

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), today, has given a list of directives to implement social distancing even as people take domestic flights across the country.

In view of COVID-19 pandemic, all airlines have been asked to ensure distance between people standing in queue at check-in counters and while waiting for flights. Even when on the flight, passengers are to be seated on alternative chairs. Cabin crew will also maintain sufficient distance while serving on flight.

"Ensure that boarding is done in a manner to avoid bunching of passengers at any time and also ensure adequate spacing between passengers in boarding lines," said the notice from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Sanitisers are to be provided at the flight entrance for all passengers and crew. There will also be constant public service announcements to remind staff and passengers about using sanitisers and soap.

All international flights have been suspended till March 31, however, there are no restrictions on domestic flights, the DGCA has clarified.

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