BREVARD COVID-19 UPDATE: Port Canaveral Employees Will Telework from Home During Coronavirus Crisis
By Steve Linden, Port Canaveral // March 21, 2020
Business transactions at the Port Canaveral Maritime Center will be conducted by appointment only
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Canaveral Port Authority continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 developing situation, in line with recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Dept. of Health, and in response to guidance issued by Florida Governor DeSantis, please be aware of the following:
• Canaveral Port Authority employees who are able to telework are working from home. Business transactions at the Port Canaveral Maritime Center will be conducted by appointment only. The Port’s Purchasing Warehouse remains open for deliveries.
• We have suspended the use of our indoor and outdoor venues at Port Canaveral for events and gatherings scheduled to take place in any of our facilities through May 1, 2020. We will be processing refunds for deposits or monies paid for any event reservation and will not be accepting any new event reservations until further notice.
• Exploration Tower is closed until further notice and Jetty Park is closed. Additionally, we will not be accepting any new campground reservations until further notice.
• Victory Casino Cruises has suspended sailings through Tuesday, March 31.
• Port Canaveral’s public boat ramps remain open. Boaters should exercise social distancing when at the boat ramps.
• Governor DeSantis issued an order to suspend all dine-in at restaurants throughout Florida, with the exception of take-out orders. Cove Merchant patrons should check with the business for their operating status.
• The Canaveral Port Authority Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 has been cancelled.
• Port Canaveral operations are normal for inbound and outbound vessels.
• The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports. All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at Port Canaveral are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidance of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• There are ships from Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line berthed, most of which are homeported at Port Canaveral, and none of the vessels has passengers on board.
• Area residents may see cruise ships entering and leaving the Port every few days. The cruise lines plan to cycle vessels from berth to off-shore allowing each ship to take on provisions while at berth.
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is restricting all crewmember movements while vessels are docked in Port Canaveral.
We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and coordinate our efforts with federal, state and local government agencies – like the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Dept. of Health (DOH) – to ensure we are doing everything to keep our employees and extended community safe, and well informed.
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