UPDATE: Port Canaveral Refines Operational Tactics to Ensure Preparedness for COVID-19
By Space Coast Daily // March 15, 2020
Port Canaveral is at normal operations
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL – The Canaveral Port Authority cares for the safety and well-being of employees, partners and their guests, and the many customers, visitors, contractors and tenants of Port Canaveral.
“Port Canaveral is at normal operations as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 developing situation,” said Port Canaveral officials on Saturday.
“We have further refined our operational tactics to ensure our preparedness as situations may evolve and are working closely with our cruise and cargo partners on contingency plans with operational alternatives, should the need arise.”
Changes to cruise sailings or itineraries are made by the cruise lines and the Port recommends contacting individual cruise lines with questions.
“Port leadership has been working closely with our cruise and cargo partners to 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 – to ensure we are doing everything to keep our employees and community safe, and well informed,” said Port Canaveral officials.
“We have taken steps recommended by the CDC to mitigate and prevent the spread of viruses and illness. These include emphasizing safe hygiene practices such as social distancing, frequent handwashing, and installing multiple hand sanitizing stations in all Port buildings, cruise terminals and public areas.
“We stepped up the scale and frequency of environmental cleaning and disinfecting of all common and public areas in our buildings and cruise terminals focusing on high-touch areas, such as stair railings, door handles, countertops and elevator buttons with an EPA registered, hospital-grade disinfectant product.”
Port Canaveral also began implementing high-grade commercial sanitizing of our cruise terminals using a disinfecting product with an antimicrobial.
“In line with recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health, and in response to guidance issued by Florida Governor DeSantis, we have suspended the use of our cruise terminals for public events and gatherings until further notice, temporarily suspended official travel for all CPA employees, and recommended all employees refrain from attending large-scale public events and gatherings.
“The Port is prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with the safety and well-being of our extended community at the forefront of our efforts.”
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