Guidance for maritime vessels on the mitigation and management of COVID-19
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Guidance for maritime vessels on the mitigation and management of COVID-19

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    This document provides guidance for preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 among passengers and crew during and after a voyage, including personal protective measures and cleaning and disinfection recommendations, management of sick or exposed persons on board, and reporting suspected or confirmed cases to CDC. Maritime vessel operators should carefully consider and incorporate these recommendations when developing their own health and safety protocols.

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    • This guidance is for cruise ships and non-passenger carrying vessels (e.g., cargo/container ships, bulk carriers, tanker ships, offshore ships, special purpose ships). Other passenger-carrying vessels (such as ferries or entertainment cruises) may also find this guidance useful as they develop their operational procedures.

    • CDC recommends all travelers (passengers and crew) be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

    • According to federal regulations, CDC requires the master of a ship arriving from a non-U.S. port destined for a U.S. port to immediately report any death or ill person (as defined by CDC), among the ship’s passengers or crew.

    • Maritime travel presents a unique combination of health concerns where individuals from diverse regions, brought together in the often crowded, semi-enclosed, environments on board ships, can spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

    • Preventive measures, including avoiding crowded areas, and wearing high-quality masks or respirators, are essential to maintaining ship operations when COVID-19 cases are identified onboard.

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    Cruise Ships -- Non-Passenger-Carrying Vessel Guidance.
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