.The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have today published a first revision of their joint COVID-19 guidance for cruise ship operations
The guidance was initially published in July 2020 and follows a goal-based approach, identifying measures to be taken on ships and ashore. It addresses health-related issues for passengers and crews, as well as on-shore communities, in order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In this first revision, the guidance has been updated in the light of the medical and scientific progress made in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic since the first version was published, mainly in the area of testing and vaccination.
The revision has also integrated new recommendations, new guidance and relevant documents, as well as feedback collected from relevant stakeholders.