Melbourne Airport has introduced new hygiene measures to support passengers travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new measures, which came into effect on July 7, include hand sanitiser units being places in all terminals next to check-in kiosks, lifts, and inside gate lounges, plus they can be found next to lifts in car parks and in taxi ranks. A total of 420 hand sanitiser units have been installed across all terminals.

The new measures also include antibacterial wipes being placed inside baggage reclaim and next to trolley pick-up stations as well as food courts, so travellers can wipe down their luggage, trolleys and tables.

The airport says it has also added more physical distancing floor markings at check-in, security screening and in gate lounges. Seating has also been spaced out to “ensure passengers spend less time in close proximity to each other”.  There are about 4,000 physical distancing floor and seat markings at check-in, security and gate lounges, according to the airport.

“We know some people may feel a little uncertain about air travel, which is why we have taken extra steps to introduce practical measures that will help make people feel safe across the airport,” said Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi.

“Ultimately we all share in the responsibility to stop the spread of the coronavirus so if anyone is feeling unwell they should not come to the airport at all.” he added.

Melbourne Airport says it is also working with its contractors and staff to ensure safety protocols are adhered to across the estate.

The state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, is currently facing a surge in coronavirus cases. On Sunday, the state recorded 273 new cases of coronavirus, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.