MEDFORD, Ore. – Transportation companies, including Amtrak and airlines that fly in and out of the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, are responding to the Coronavirus.
Starting today Alaska Airlines will be making changes in light of the Coronavirus:
- Enhancing aircraft cleaning
- Flight attendants may wear gloves during beverage service
- Not refilling single use beverage cups
- Suspending warm towel service to first class and will re-evaluate in two weeks
- Stopping on-board recycling for two weeks
- Giving hand sanitizer to all airports to place in their offices, crew areas, break rooms, lounges, ticket counters and gates
- Pausing the use of fingerprint biometric scan in lounges
If you are traveling you are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes to clean armrests and tray tables on your flight.
Delta Airlines says they are adding additional sanitation and disinfectant procedures to U.S. bound flights from Asia and will continue with their cleanliness standards, which includes using disinfectant on all flights.
Allegiant Airlines released a statement to NewsWatch 12 that said, “Allegiant is a domestic carrier serving only US cities, so our service has not been impacted by the coronavirus. We are in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control, the US Department of Homeland Security / TSA and the Department of Transportation, and to date they have made no recommendations for domestic airlines to alter service. All of our flights are nonstop, and our customers are leisure travelers who are flying from their hometowns to a US vacation destination. Allegiant passengers aren’t connecting from airlines that fly internationally. We have, to date, had only a handful of inquiries to our call center, but we will re-accommodate with no fee or refund passengers with any concerns about traveling.”
The Rogue Valley International Medford Airport says they aren’t changing their sanitation protocols and will continue their “high-standard of cleanliness”. The airport has maintenance staff available 24/7 to make sure terminals and high traffic areas are clean at all times. The airport also has hand sanitizing stations strategically placed throughout the airport, sponsored by Valley Immediate Care.
On the ground, Amtrak released this statement to NewsWatch 12 when asked if there have been any changes to sanitizing protocols, “Passenger and employee safety is Amtrak’s top priority. We continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation closely in the United States and elsewhere. Our medical, public health and emergency management teams are in contact with appropriate officials across our network to maintain awareness of the latest information. We are keeping employees informed so they are prepared to address customer concerns. Amtrak operations are not affected.”
Amtrak’s website states there are no current travel restrictions. They will waive change fees on all existing or new reservation made before April 30. Amtrak says it will continue to monitor the Coronavirus and adjust this policy as necessary.
NewsWatch 12 also reached out to Greyhound but at this time we have not received a response.