Aspen/Pitkin County Airport – Effective February 2, 2021 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented provisions for President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel by requiring travelers to wear face masks when they are in Airports. TSA’s action will also support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Order requiring that individuals wear masks on conveyances and at stations, ports, or similar transportation hubs. This requirement will remain in effect until May 11, 2021.
According to the CDC Order, facemasks should cover the nose and mouth and fit snuggly against without gaps. Masks can be either manufactured or homemade and should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. While medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill CDC and TSA’s requirements, face shields and/or goggles are not an acceptable substitute for the use of a mask; however, they may be used in addition to an acceptable mask.
Masks have been required and provided to visitors and staff since May of 2020 when the State of Colorado enacted a statewide mask order. Anyone over the age of 2 years old is required to be wearing a mask while visiting or traveling through the Airport.
“The TSA Order has not changed ASE’s current operating stance. ASE continues to remain compliant with Local, State, and Federal guidelines as we have since the pandemic began. Our commitment will not change as we have placed over 150 action items to ensure the Airport remains safe and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The Airport will continue to provide masks at Ticket Counters and Baggage Claim for no charge for the traveling public,” said Caroline Bonynge, Director of Operations Safety & ARFF.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the attributes of masks needed to fulfill the requirements of the Order. CDC will update the guidance as necessary:
The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above:
The following do not fulfill the requirements of the Order:
Additional guidance on how masks slow the spread of COVID-19 is available on the CDC website. Information regarding the current Pitkin County Public Health Order is available on the Pitkin County Website. For questions on the Airport’s efforts to stop the spread, please visit the Aspen Airport webpage for more information.