Cedar Rapids airport to require face coverings

    The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids will require face coverings in addition to health screenings for department passengers. (Photo courtesy of Eastern Iowa Airport)

    The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids will begin Tuesday to require passengers to wear face coverings in public areas of the airport terminal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Exceptions will be made for toddlers under the age of 2, those with conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, and emergency personnel. Passengers may remove the face covering while they are eating or drinking.

    The airport will provide a mask free of charge on request.

    The new requirement is in addition to mandatory screenings for departing passengers conducted in cooperation with Mercy Medical Center. That consists of several questions and a temperature check that takes about 10 seconds per passenger, airport officials said.

    The Des Moines airport is strongly encouraging passengers to wear masks but is not requiring them. Some airlines are requiring face coverings on flights.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.