Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Resources to the latest coronavirus information:
Friedman Memorial Airport Services & Updates:
as of 10-19-20:
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDERS
Every person, shall, when in any indoor or outdoor public place, completely cover their nose and mouth, when members of the public are physically present for otherwise unprotected social interaction.
For purpose of this Public Health Emergency Order (PHEO) “public place” shall mean any place open to all members of public without specific invitation, including but not necessarily limited to, retail business establishments, government offices, medical, educational, arts and recreational institutions, public transportation, including taxi cabs and ridesharing vehicles. “Members of the public” shall mean persons not therein employed, present without invitation.
- Airport Airfield Operations – Normal
- Voluntary Noise abatement hours: 11pm to 7am
- For airfield related questions, contact on-duty Airport Operations at: 208-720-5186
- Atlantic Aviation (FBO Services – Reduced Hours from 6:00am to 6:00pm | After hour services are available to support Life Flight and other essential services upon request | Call Atlantic Aviation for additional information)
- Effective Monday, March 16, the airport administrative office is closed to the public until further notice. Please call 208-788-4956 before coming to the building. Full airport operations and ARFF capabilities will remain in place. All airport management staff will be available by email and phone.
- Friedman Memorial Airport Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – Badging 420-01 Airport Badging Office Infectious Disease Appointment SOP Effective date: June 15, 2020
- Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is dedicated to the health of staff, customers, and community. COVID-19 has required FMA to reconsider badging procedures to protect staff and external users (customers). As of June 15, 2020 FMAA, SUN badging will be by appointment only, walk-in’s will not be permitted.
Idaho is in Stage 4
- BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES MAY CONTINUE TO RESUME OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO.
- ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES SHOULD ADHERE TO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTON 4.
- VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE STATE OF IDAHO MAY RESUME PUBLIC INTERACTIONS BUT SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES.
- GATHERINGS OF ANY SIZE ARE ALLOWED BUT SHOULD ADHERE TO THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTON 4.
- NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL CAN RESUME.
Airline Flight Schedules for Winter 2020/21:
“Sun Valley retains nonstop flight access from six cities for winter 2020.21”
Sun Valley, ID……Traveling to and from Sun Valley, Idaho will remain easy and convenient with nonstop flights to six cities scheduled for the 2020-21 winter season – Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Fly Sun Valley Alliance (FSVA), in partnership with Sun Valley Resort, recently announced the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) airline flight schedule for the upcoming winter season, which will provide travelers easy access to one of the most celebrated ski resort destinations in the world.
From Seattle (SEA), Alaska Airlines will offer two weekly nonstop flights on Thursday and Sunday from October 1
– December 13, then increase to two daily nonstop flights during the holidays, December 17 through January 4
(one flight on Tuesdays/Wednesdays). From January 4 through April 11, Alaska will offer one daily flight and will
add a second daily flight five days a week Thursday through Monday from Feb 11 through March 27.
From Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), United will offer daily nonstop flights December 17- January
4, two flights a week on Thursday and Sunday January 5 – Feb 10, and then four flights a week on Thursday,
Friday, Sunday and Monday from Feb 11- March 27. Delta will also offer a daily nonstop flight from LAX
December 19 to January 10.
From Chicago (ORD), United will offer its nonstop service daily during the holidays, December 17 – January 4,
and then weekly on Saturdays throughout the rest of the season, January 9 through March 27.
From Denver (DEN), United Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights from December 17-March 27.
From Salt Lake City (SLC) Delta Air Lines, which serves Sun Valley year-round, has increased its schedule to
four daily nonstop flights during the core winter season, offering easy connections to a multitude of cities. Delta
has committed to 75% seat capacity limits on all system flights through January 6, which accounts for the
increase in flights, but frequency changes may happen during the season based on demand.
FSVA Director Carol Waller said that while the demand for air travel this winter due to COVID-19 remains uncertain, Sun Valley is well-positioned as a winter vacation destination due to its wealth of outdoor activities and the fact that Sun Valley Resort recently announced they do not plan to implement a reservation system or limitations on visitation for season pass holders or Epic pass holders this upcoming winter season. She also noted that the increase of remote workers and second homeowners now living in the Wood River Valley on a more permanent basis will likely mean an increase in demand for outbound travel from SUN. “For both our visitors and local residents, maintaining all of our key flight routes and easy air access is critical to our successful economic recovery,” Waller remarked.
Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Travelers are reminded to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel and prevention guidance regarding COVID-19. This includes practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly. In addition to those CDC recommendations, travelers are encouraged to wash their hands directly before and after completing the security screening process and that you place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in your carry-on property that will be screened through the X-ray system. You may wear a facemask during the screening process, but a TSA officer may ask the traveler to adjust the face covering at any point during the screening process.
Employees or travelers who believe they may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 should consult with their healthcare provider. Employees or travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 should seek medical attention and follow the guidance of their healthcare provider and local health department.
Delta Air Lines:
Beginning May 4th, all Delta customers and employees will be required to wear a face mask, or appropriate face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines from the CDC. Passengers may be asked to momentarily lower their facial covering for identity verification purposes, or if screening equipment alarms. Additionally, TSA employees will wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints.
Face coverings will be required across all Delta touchpoints:
- Lobby Check-in
- Delta Sky Clubs
- Boarding Gate Areas
- Jet Bridges
- On board the aircraft for the duration of the flight – except during meal service
Usage is strongly encouraged in high-traffic areas, including security lines and restrooms. People unable to keep a face covering in place, including children, are exempt, along with those who have trouble wearing a mask due to an underlying medical condition.
In response to CDC guidelines regarding the use of face coverings, we are requiring guests to wear masks beginning May 11, 2020. Guests will be expected to bring their own masks and will be required to wear them throughout the airport and flight experience. Additional masks will be available for anyone who forgets one.
Alaska Airlines employees who are unable to keep six feet of social distance will wear masks beginning May 4, 2020, including pilots, flight attendants and customer service agents.
In response to our flight schedule reductions and the unprecedented drop in passenger traffic, Alaska Airlines has made the difficult decision to temporarily close most of our Alaska lounge locations.
In response to CDC social distancing guidelines, Alaska Airlines is temporarily reducing their onboard service levels. As a result, they will be offering limited food and beverage options. These reductions can vary based on flight length and destination, and may evolve as Alaska Airlines receives additional updates from the CDC.
United Airlines is asking customers to self-scan boarding passes at their gate readers. Additionally, their aircraft are cleaned at a variety of touchpoints throughout the day. The cleaning procedure for flights includes a thorough wipe down using an effective, high-grade disinfectant and multi-purpose cleaning of lavatories, galleys, tray tables, seatback screens, seat belts, window shades and armrests.
State-of-the-art circulation systems — All United mainline aircraft use a high-efficiency (HEPA) filter (like those found in hospitals) to circulate the air and removes up to 99.7% of airborne particles.
Equipping employees to maintain clean environments — United is working to provide sanitizer and other supplies to employees to deliver a safe travel experience.
Essential Transportation Service:
Taxis and other private ride-share companies may operate as authorized. Additionally, all legal aeronautical operations are authorized to the extent permitted by applicable Federal Law.
Update – Public Health Emergency Order:
Every person, shall, when in any indoor or outdoor public place, completely cover their nose and mouth when members of the public are physically present for otherwise unprotected social interaction. Including, but not limited to: taxi cabs and ridesharing vehicles.
Parking Booth update:
Effective March 19, 2020, The Car Park will no longer be staffing the parking booth at Friedman Memorial Airport. Airport parking will still be available, but customers will need to use the automated pay stations using credit cards and remote monitoring.
The Friedman Memorial Airport has implemented the following proactive measures at the airport:
- There is reduced public access to the terminal area
- Social distancing signage is posted on doors and throughout the terminal
- Furniture throughout the terminal has been reorganized for optimal social distancing
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the airport
- Janitorial crews have increased the frequency of their cleaning of public use areas with electrostatic spray that is effective against the virus
- Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been posted around the terminal (in both English and Spanish), highlighting facts, symptoms and personal hygiene best practices as they relate to the virus
- Guidance from local healthcare professionals and the local hospital has been provided to all airport tenants, including airlines and TSA, with instructions on how to respond if someone is ill or feels they may have been exposed to the virus