CHICAGO — Chicago O'Hare Airport promises that COVID-19 safety is its "highest priority" as travelers are witnessing long lines and large crowds during the Thanksgiving rush.
NBC Chicago reportsthat the Chicago-area airport was filling up with travelers last Friday, and in some instances, people were not maintaining six feet of social distancing.
In a statement, O'Hare said that "the safety, security, and well-being of the traveling public is our highest priority." The airport continued that it is working closely with the TSA and public health officials to "ensure the safest possible environment."
Crowds Seen at O'Hare as Travelers Depart Chicago Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday https://t.co/5nL6lM6ZjF pic.twitter.com/74FrpDyO0E— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) November 20, 2020
O'Hare states visitors must wear masks and are "encouraged" to socially distance six feet apart. Airport officials add that volunteer 'Customer Service Ambassadors' patrol throughout the terminals, distributing masks and reminding travelers to practice social distancing.
The CDC has stressed that people should avoid traveling over the holidays, concluding that gatherings that include several households will hasten the spread of the coronavirus.