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This information will assist ships (including cargo vessels, ferries and cruise ships) and sea ports in providing advice to staff on addressing coronavirus (COVID-19), on ships and in sea ports.
Ships and sea ports will collectively be referred to as a ‘marine setting’ in this guidance.
This guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.
Main messages are:
before boarding the ship, crew and passengers should be asked if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature
if someone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should be sent home or to their cabin
everyone should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal
crew and passengers should be given clear instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms and how and to whom they should report this
the Master of the Ship should notify the Port Health Authority about any suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as possible, who will then inform the local Health Protection Team
appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning of surfaces that a person with symptoms has come into contact with are key measures to stop the spread of the virus