Princess Cruises Cancels Santa Barbara Visit Over Coronavirus Outbreak
Photo: Patti Gutshall
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of its Grand Princess cruise scheduled to visit Santa Barbara on March 24, 2020. Waterfront staff were requesting updates from the cruise line to determine whether the cruise would be canceled.
To protect the safety of residents, the City will contact other cruise lines to request cancellation of their upcoming cruise visits to Santa Barbara, until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removes their travel advisory for cruise ships. There are ten cruise visits planned in Santa Barbara through June 2020.
According to Mayor Cathy Murillo, “I appreciate Princess Cruises taking action and protecting the safety of the community and passengers. We are asking other cruise lines to follow their lead and take a cautious approach.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, to defer cruise ship travel. Recent reports of COVID-19 on cruise ships highlight the risk of infection to cruise ship passengers and crew. Like many other viruses, COVID-19 appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.
City staff are monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and are taking steps to plan for a potential community emergency and continuation of the City’s essential business operations.
To prevent exposure to the virus, residents are encouraged to practice the following preventive actions:
· Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not on hand.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. N95 respirator masks are not recommended for the general public.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
· Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
· If you have traveled to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak, stay home for the next 14 days to monitor your health and keep distance from others. Review the CDC Travel Precautions.
· Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you sneeze or cough.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The World Health Organization recommends staying at least 3 feet away from anyone who may be infected or sick.
· Elderly persons and individuals with serious illnesses are particularly vulnerable to viruses and should limit public contact, if possible.
For the latest information on the COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website. Local updates are available on the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Website.
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