Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has updated the anti-coronavirus precautions for its member cruise lines. Effective January 7, the following measures will be in effect:
- CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
- CLIA Members are to deny 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 the coronavirus.
- CLIA Members are to conduct preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected coronavirus.
These new policies build on the initial round of precautions CLIA announced January 31.
“In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA and its member lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to the coronavirus and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew,” CLIA said in a written statement.
There are currently over 28,000 cases of coronavirus in 25 countries worldwide, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO). Five hundred and sixty-five people have died from the illness thus far, all but one in China.