Port Authority revises procedures to deal with cruise ships
The Port Authority has issued a notice to advise the public that it is working closely with the health authorities to ensure that Cayman remains as safe as possible during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the procedures that the Port Authority says it has put in place include the following:
• The cruise lines screen all passengers to determine if they have been to, or passed through an area impacted by the virus, or if they have been in close contact with persons who may have contracted the virus up to 14 days prior to the cruise. If they are found to be a potential risk, they and their travel companions are not allowed to travel.
• Health officials observe the guests constantly, looking for evidence of respiratory or other illnesses (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing). Those with severe symptoms are also not allowed to travel.
• Should any illness arise while passengers are on a cruise, the information is shared with the Port Authority, Public Health and Customs and Border Control prior to the vessel arriving in Cayman.
• It is common for some passengers to develop ‘flu-like symptoms, just like it is on land, even though they have no relevant travel history. Cayman’s Public Health officials evaluate each circumstance and advise on the appropriate action to take, which can range from preventing the individuals from disembarking to preventing the ship from landing.