Coronavirus (COVID 19) Information
We continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19. As always, protecting the safety and health of port staff and our port partners are top priorities for the Galveston Wharves.
We have implemented measures to ensure the health and well-being of employees and visitors. In response to coronavirus, the port has increased the use of virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants, additional cleaning of its facilities including restrooms, and increased deep cleaning to “high touch” areas like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons and restroom doors.
We continue to work closely with various federal, state and local agencies and officials to follow their recommendations and to share updates, guidance, and information on what actions need to be taken.
Under current circumstances, the U.S. Coast Guard, CDC, Galveston County Health District, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, have absolute authority during any public health incident, including issues related to any infectious disease. These agencies dictate the protocols, and the port follows them.
The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports. All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at the port are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidelines of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We continue to move cargo through our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Cruise lines and passenger facilities operate within their local health authority and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved COVID-19 framework for Condition Sailing plan.
For additional information, please contact the cruise lines.
Public health officials recommend personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness.
- Remain home if you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
Check the following resources for up to date information on COVID 19:
American Association of Port Authorities
Cruise Lines International Association
Galveston County Health District
State of Texas Department of Health
US Coast Guard
US Customs and Border Protection