Coronavirus. Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport stops passenger ships: no more cruises. Decree signed by Minister De Micheli, with the Minister of Health Speranza – March 19, 2020 The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Paola De Micheli has signed this evening, with the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, the decree with which cruise services for Italian passenger ships are suspended and the arrival in Italian ports
is blocked of cruise ships flying the foreign flag. For ships flying the Italian flag, the management companies, ship owners and masters of Italian ships, once all the preventive health measures have been adopted, are required to disembark all passengers present on board in the port. The disembarkation procedure provides that Italian passengers not positive to Covid 19 can return with safety devices to their homes with non-scheduled vehicles organized by the shipowner to start the period of home trust healthcare surveillance. From that moment on, ships flying the Italian flag will no longer be able to board passengers until at least April 3. For passengers not positive to Covid 19, but foreigners, the owner will have to organize the return home with a non-scheduled vehicle. Passenger ships flying the foreign flag engaged in cruise services will no longer be able to enter national ports. The provisions of the decree will be applied tomorrow to the Costa Luminosa ship flying the Italian flag arriving in the port of Savona, and will apply until April 3 unless extended. Source: Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Italy)
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