With the new coronavirus spreading, CLIA member cruise lines have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to passengers or crew who have traveled from or through China within the previous 14 days. 

“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,” CLIA said in a statement in response to the declaration of a global health emergency by the WHO.   “This includes the modification of itineraries, where needed, in light of evolving circumstances, as well as health, travel and contact screening where appropriate.” 

CLIA said that the screening protocols would enable “informed decisions” on a case-by-case basis about whether a passenger or crewmember would be denied boarding. 

Several cruise companies had already disclosed new boarding requirements for passengers and crew. For example, MSC Cruises said it was requiring all passengers and crew to undergo non-touch thermal temperature scans. Carnival earlier had implemented preboarding health reporting for all passengers, and temperature and questionnaire screening for people from affected areas. 

CLIA added in its statement that cruise lines conduct passive and active screening of passengers and crew prior to boarding “when circumstances demand” and that member ships are outfitted with medical facilities and ship and shoreside medical professionals are available 24 hours a day.

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