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CLIA member lines step up coronavirus protocols

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Cruise Lines International Association members are adopting enhanced screening measures intended to address the industry’s exposure to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

CLIA reports the measures - an extension of protocols introduced on January 31 - are being implemented by all ocean-going member cruise lines no later than 9 a.m. EST/3 p.m. CET February 7.

‘The health and safety of passengers and crews is, and must remain, the top priority for the cruise industry. These measures, while more restrictive than the enhanced protocols enacted on January 31, are intended to reflect the industry’s commitment to ensuring necessary precautions are in place as the situation continues to evolve,’ the association said in a statement Friday.

Denying boarding

CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.

They are also denying boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to novel coronavirus.

Other actions include conducting preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures.

Enhanced screening

Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected novel coronavirus.

CLIA’s answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and latest information of the policy changes mentioned above can be found here.

 

 

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