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Published on Friday, January 31, 2020

Cruise ships deny boarding to those who've recently been in China



CLIA members worldwide are denying boarding to anyone who has recently travelled from, or through, mainland China in a bid to avoid the spread of coronavirus.





CLIA made the announcement the day after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency.


The association said: "CLIA members have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has travelled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days."


It explained: "The safety and health of passengers is the number one priority of CLIA members.


"CLIA and its member lines maintain close contact with health professionals and regulators around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), and are continually assessing and modifying policies and procedures as developments emerge.


"This includes the modification of itineraries, where needed, in light of evolving circumstances, as well as health, travel and contact screening where appropriate, for guests and crew who have recently traveled from or through the affected area consistent with prevailing guidance from global health authorities.


"Screening protocols allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crewmember will be denied boarding."


CLIA stressed the industry was 'one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of passengers and crew'.


"Cruise lines take precautions to conduct passive as well as active screening of passengers and crew for illness prior to boarding when circumstances demand," it added.


"Furthermore, CLIA members implement outbreak prevention and response measures and their ships must be fitted with medical facilities, shipboard and shore side medical professionals available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event of illness and prevent disease transmission."

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