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  • Royal Caribbean stated on Friday that passport holders from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau would be barred from all its cruise ships, regardless of how long ago they visited those locations.
  • Guests found to have a fever or have low blood oxygen levels in Royal Caribbean’s recently mandated health screenings will likewise not be allowed to take a trip, the business said.

    Royal Caribbean International on Friday disallowed people with passports from China, Hong Kong, and Macau from boarding any of its cruise ships, regardless of when they existed last.

    Earlier Friday, a cruise liner that returned from the Bahamas and docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, made headings when 27 Chinese nationals aboard it were screened for the coronavirus Gov. Phil Murphy stated in a declaration that 23 were cleared while 4 were being kept an eye on at University Medical facility in Newark.

    The cruise-ship business shared its upgraded screening protocols on its website “These steps are purposefully conservative, and we say sorry that they will inconvenience a few of our guests,” it said.

    The recently tightened up procedures also say that people, “despite nationality,” will be prevented from boarding any ships in the fleet if they have actually traveled “from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau less than 15 days prior to their cruising” or had close contact with someone who has. These rules are for guests and team members alike, the business stated.

    Individuals who report sensation unhealthy or have flu-like signs will go through obligatory health screenings, as will people who are not sure whether they’ve been available in contact with people who remained in mainland China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days, Royal Caribbean stated. Visitors found to have a fever or low blood oxygen levels will not be permitted to board.

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