Coronavirus (COVID 19) Information
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.
Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Cruise Operations- Embarking
- Mandatory questionnaires properly filled out by all passengers.
- Questionnaires are managed by cruise staff prior to the screening secured areas
- Depending on the answers, further screening and/or denied boarding will take place
- Masks will be provided to the secondary screening individuals
- Temperature screening for all passengers prior to the secured area.
- Automatic denial of boarding with individuals with a fever (100.4) or low-blood oximetry (<90%).
- Healthcare professionals are on location to provide guidance and conduct further screening.
Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Cruise Operations- Disembarking
- Notification of any individual(s) showing the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus shall be made to the USCG- MSIB 09-20.
- The USCG, CDC and the Governor’s office have the full authority on a suspected cruise ship situation.
March 13, 2020 ACTIONS UPDATES FROM CRUISE LINES
Cruise Lines Internation Association (CLIA) announced that ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.
March 11, 2020 ACTIONS UPDATES FROM CRUISE LINES
As of today, CCL and RCCL are implementing additional screening measures.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Screening the temperature of all personnel that interacts with cruise guests This includes shore staff, ILA, officers etc.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Screening the temperature of all personnel entering the vessel. This includes passengers, vendors etc.
Galveston Wharves @Port of Galveston- Cruise Terminals
- Additional custodial staffing for cleaning of restrooms, terminal and the gangway during and after cruise operations (hospital-grade disinfectants)
- Screening locations identified within both terminals
- Quarantine locations identified within both terminals
- Disembarking suspected passenger(s)/crew procedures have been established by the Port, GCHD and UTMB.
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: