Southwest Updates its Face Covering Policy

by McNab Editorial Team

Due to the closure of Belize’s international airport mid-March, Belize has seen no commercial flights apart from repatriations during Phase 3 of Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan. On August 15, Belize is was slated to reopen its international airport for leisurely travel. However the opening was postponed with not tentative reopening date set. While Southwest has resumed service to other Caribbean destinations, flights to Belize are not expected to resume until 2021.

Southwest Implementing Changes to its Face Covering Policy

If you are thinking about travelling, be sure to pack your face mask. Southwest is not allowing guests to travel unless they wear a face masks. No one is except apart from children under the age of 2. The airlines face-coving policy has become even more strict since its first implementation of the policy on July 27.  As of August 08, 2020 the policy has been revised. It now takes into account the type of masks that are considered appropriate.

In a article shared by Travel Pulse it acknowledges that Southwest will only accept well-secured masks that fit snugly against the face, coving individual’s nose and mouth and secured under the chin. This is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. Masks that have holes like exhaust valves, bandanas and face shields without a covering over the mouth and nose are not acceptable.

To meet guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Southwest will only accept well-secured face coverings that fit snugly against the face, cover an individual’s nose and mouth and secured under the chin.

Other precautions taken by the airline include the blocking of middle seats to maintain space between passengers through to at least October. In addition, Southwest is providing sanitizing wipes to customers, upon request, to wipe down any onboard surface.

Read full article by Travel Pulse: HERE

Getting to Belize with Southwest

Service by Southwest to Belize is expected to remain suspended for the remainder of 2020. However before the pandemic, Southwest routes to Belize came from Houston (Hobby) and Ft. Lauderdale, with seasonal direct flights from Denver, Colorado as well.

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