COVID-induced restrictions are beginning to relax, which means that Toronto International Pearson Airport could see a much larger crowd of antsy passengers in the coming weeks. Certainly more than have been travelling through the airport in the last year.
Beverly MacDonald, a communications advisor at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has reiterated that Pearson will see an expanding number of passengers–numbers that have not been discerned in well over 16 months.
MacDonald told the DailyHive, “We know that with these new rules, many people will be considering travelling, many for the first time since the pandemic began. We are anticipating more passengers than we have seen since the pandemic started, and we are ready to welcome passengers when they are ready to travel.”
What’s Changed at Pearson?
Changes have since occurred at the airport to accommodate COVID-based concerns. Changes that include touchless check-ins in an effort to limit person-to-person contact. Additionally, passengers will be required to have their temperatures taken at security, and travellers arriving at Pearson will have to form two separate lines that are based on their vaccination status.
On July 5, Canadians who received both vaccines can travel into the country without undergoing a 14-day quarantine or having to reside in an approved quarantine hotel. They will still have to adhere to safety precautions around the airport, including the many signs at Pearson reminding travellers to social distance and to wear a mask.