Vincy crew members may not complete disembarking ship before Thursday

St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday morning received three hundred and fifty-six (356) Vincentian Crew members from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

The Vision of the Seas arrived in Vincentian waters at around 6 am this morning, with the sailors on board.

All three hundred and (fly-six of them will be screened for COV1D-19, using rapid and PCR tests. Due to the time required to process this number of tests, it is anticipated that the Vincentian crew members may not complete disembarking the ship before Thursday May 28, 2020.

Crew members found to be positive for COVID — 19 will be placed in a government-approved isolation facility until they have recovered, as evidenced by two consecutive negative PCR COVID-I9 tests.

Crew members who are negative for COVI0.19 will be allowed to quarantine in their private homes for the required I4-day period.

This enhanced repatriation protocol is aimed at minimizing the risk of importation of new COVID-I 9 cases into St. Vincent and the Grenadines posed by this particular group of Vincentians.

The increased risk was determined in view of reports of the presence of known cases of COVID-19 on the ships of origin of some of the crew members and more recent reports of crew members testing positive for COVID-I9 on disembarking this particular ship.

The COVID-19 Task Force/Health Services Sub-committee is committed to reducing the risk of new importation and subsequent exposure of the Vincentian public to COVID-19. Every effort is being made and existing protocols will be continuously reviewed, to ensure that COVID-19 remains contained in St Vincent and the Grenadines.