COVID-19 Information

The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), which operates and manages Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP), is continuing to work with its federal partners, airlines and tenants to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Latest Updates

  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport remain open and continue operations.
  • Federal law requires face masks when in or on the premises of a transportation hub, including airports. DTW workers, customers, and visitors must wear a mask inside terminals and any buildings on airport grounds. Failure to comply may result in removal from the airport, denial of re-entry and possible federal penalties.
    • Exemptions include:
      • Children under the age of 2.
      • People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
      • People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.
    • There are limited instances when a mask may be removed including:
      • When requested to temporarily remove the mask for identity verification.
      • While eating, drinking, or taking oral medications for brief periods.
      • While communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
      • If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • A mask is defined as material covering both the nose and mouth of the wearer. Face shields are not considered masks. To see a list of approved face coverings, visit the CDC Guide to Masks.

Airlines are requiring face coverings while on their aircraft. Please check with your airline for the most up-to-date policy.

 Suspended Programs & Services

The following programs and services are temporarily suspended:

  • Curbside Check-in at the North Terminal

  • Airport Ambassador volunteer program

  • Valet service at the McNamara Terminal

  • Playport in the North Terminal

  • Ground transportation options may be limited.

  • The Freedom Centers in the McNamara Terminal and North Terminal are open with limited hours. Snacks and supplies are being provided at the entrances. The lounge areas are closed.

 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs page to discover what to expect during a visit to DTW.

Concessions

On June 22, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services rescinded all restrictions on bars and restaurants. Despite the recission of the state-issued Emergency Orders, food and beverage locations at Detroit Metropolitan Airport will not be operating at 100% capacity immediately due to staffing shortages. While our concessionaires increase their workforce, customers may continue to experience limited menu options and reduced hours. Some shops and restaurants remain temporarily closed. To better accommodate customers, many retail locations are now carrying additional food items such as yogurt, pre-packaged sandwiches and snacks. The concessionaires and the airport are striving to make essential products and services available at all times.

To check the hours of operation for DTW’s shops and restaurants, please visit the Services & Amenities page and select a location.

Focus on Wellness

The Wayne County Airport Authority has implemented additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings and practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.
  • Providing free face coverings via dispensers located in the McNamara Terminal and North Terminal ticket lobbies.
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning in both terminals, concentrating on “touch points,” such as door knobs, water fountains, handrails and toilet seats.
  • Postponing or canceling community engagement activities, including educational tours and the annual Arbor Day celebration.
  • Adding hand sanitizing stations in areas that passengers and airport employees can easily access throughout the terminals.
  • Continuing to provide checkpoint bins treated with antimicrobial technology that kills or slows the growth of bacteria and viruses.
  • Reminding passengers and workers to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations via signage and public address messages in the terminals. 
  • Providing WCAA employees with face coverings.
  • Encouraging businesses that operate at DTW to provide face coverings to their employees.

Tips to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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Additional Resources

A news release about the Airport Authority’s response to COVID-19 is available at https://www.metroairport.com/about-us/dtw-news/wayne-county-airport-authority-implements-additional-changes-address-covid-19.

More information on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html.

The CDC explains the importance of face coverings and how to make coverings at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Information from the State of Michigan regarding travel can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98810-524189--,00.html.

Customer service information is available throughout this website. Important links and phone numbers can also be found on the Airline Directory page and the Contact Us page. Questions may be submitted at the bottom of the Contact Us page.

The Airport Authority will continue to take proactive steps to keep customers, stakeholders and employees safe. This page will be updated as changes occur at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.