Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Last updated on 2-9-21
Beginning Feb 2, 2021 federal law requires passengers to wear a mask when traveling, including travel by commercial air
Failure to comply with this directive is a violation of federal law and may result in your removal, denial of re-entry and/or federal fines
- The order will be in place through May 11, 2021
- The order extends to waiting areas such as airports, train platforms, and subway stations
- Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth of the wearer
- The use of face shields alone is not sufficient but may be used in addition to a mask
- Masks can be either manufactured or homemade and should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Travelers under the age of 2 years old
- People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Those for whom a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations
Acceptable Temporary Mask Removal:
- When necessary to temporarily remove the mask for identity verification purposes
- While eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites and sips
- While communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
- If unconscious (for reasons other than sleep), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
TSA Cares can provide assistance to passengers with disabilities or medical conditions. Passengers are asked to call the helpline 72 hours prior to traveling: 855-787-2227
Upon leaving the airport, follow state & local ordinances.
- Face masks or face shields must be worn by all people occupying a public space with another person, subject to limited exceptions.
- Hand washing/sanitizing must be available and used at entrances to each business.
- A minimum of 6-feet must be maintained between people/parties within the same room in all businesses.
- Indoor group sizes both public and private may not exceed 10 people (except within businesses or places of worship).
- Outdoor group sizes both public and private may not exceed 10 people, unless one of the exemptions within the State Order applies.
Essential Transportation Service:
When in a taxi cab or other rideshare vehicles, every person shall completely cover their nose and mouth when members of the public are physically present for otherwise unprotected social interaction.
Idaho is in Stage 3
Idaho Rebounds — Governor Brad Little, with the help of the Department of Health and Welfare and guidance issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aims to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to Idahoans and preserve capacity in our healthcare system, while keeping businesses open safely. From an economic standpoint, Idaho’s rebound from COVID-19 starts with employee and consumer confidence, which leads into business stability and growth and eventually promotion and attraction.
- 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.
Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
TSA to implement Executive Order regarding face masks at airport security checkpoints and throughout the transportation network
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will implement provisions of 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, bus and rail stations, as well as while on passenger aircraft, public transportation, passenger railroads, and over-the-road buses operating on scheduled fixed-routes. 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.
Starting on February 2, 2021, TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until May 11, 2021.
Delta Air Lines:
Effective Tuesday, Feb. 2, wearing a mask or face covering in airports and on planes will become a federal law.
The new mandate will be enforced through a Security Directive issued by the Transportation Security Administration and applies to customers and employees.
Wearing a mask is one of the most important ways Delta customers and employees can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
No mask, no travel, no exceptions.
Policy and guidelines
- In response to CDC guidelines, all guests 2 and older will be required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth—with no other exceptions. The heightened policy will remain in effect until further notice.
- If a passenger is unwilling or unable to wear a mask or face covering for any reason, Alaska will be unable to provide them with travel, or access to the lounge.
- The only time when guests are allowed to temporarily remove their masks is when briefly drinking or eating.
- While on board, guests who repeatedly remove or refuse to wear a mask or face covering will be given a final warning—in the form of a yellow card. With a yellow card warning, the guest’s travel with Alaska will be suspended immediately upon landing. Any remaining portion of the guest’s itinerary will be canceled—to include any connecting or return flights—along with any future trips the guest has booked. The guest will be provided with a full refund for any unused travel and will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements from that point.
- The FAA has implemented stricter legal enforcement and fines against guests who refuse to comply with crew instructions
Face coverings required for all travelers
For everyone’s safety, all travelers are required to wear a face covering with no vents or openings that fully covers their nose and mouth. Face coverings must be worn during the entire flight and in the airport, including at United customer service counters and kiosks, United ClubSM locations, our gates and our baggage claim areas. A face shield alone does not count as a face covering. Travelers who aren’t wearing their face coverings in the airport or on board may be refused transport and could also lose their travel privileges on future United flights. Children younger than 2 years old are exempt.
The Friedman Memorial Airport has implemented the following proactive measures at the airport:
- Public access is reduced in the terminal area and at baggage claim. Please do not congregate in these areas. Curbside passenger pick-up is encouraged.
- 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 an 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
Additionally, we are monitoring county, state, and CDC resources for any new information as the situation evolves.
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.