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California’s Reopening, What it Means for San Diego International Airport

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021. It might not be a day that lives in infamy but, it is certainly a day that Californians have been waiting for since Governor Gavin Newsom announced that was the target reopening date. California’s reopening means the tiered restrictions that were in place will be removed in many settings and life will closely resemble what it was like pre-COVID-19. However, at San Diego International Airport (SAN) it’s still business as usual and we still have to abide by a few federally mandated rules. If you are traveling anytime in the future, these are the guidelines still in place while on airport property:

  1. Wear a mask. Yes, even if you are fully vaccinated you must wear a mask while on airport property. The CDC has said that if in open-air locations (outside) you can remove the mask if you are fully vaccinated, but while inside the airport, in vehicles like buses and airplanes a mask must be worn. If you are not fully vaccinated, a mask must be always worn inside and outside. Of course, if you are eating or drinking masks are not required. The mask mandate is in place until September 13, 2021. We know it’s an inconvenience, but we ask that you have patience as we are just trying to keep everyone safe and return to a sense of normalcy.  
  2. Social distancing. We still have social distancing markers in place around the airport. Please do your best to leave at least a six feet distance between you and others outside your party. If you are traveling out of Terminal 1, please watch this video as it will give you an idea of what to expect.
  3. Practice good hygiene practices. We know, we know. This is common knowledge by now but, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough.
  4. Self-administered health checks. Before heading to the airport, please take your temperature and review the list of COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a temperature above 100.4 °F (38 °C) and/or have the chills, are coughing, have a loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle or body aches, fatigue, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing then please stay home.
  5. Visit Check out our COVID-19 webpage for useful information and FAQs.

We know you are excited to travel and we can’t wait to see you. Let’s GO!