Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – March 25, 2020 – This week we have been working on Webcams in Washington and Webcams in Seattle websites. Both websites have live streaming webcams including, Port Cams, Skycams, Weather cams, Beach cams, City webcams, and Traffic cams. Though not complete, they will be finished by the end of the week.
Hurricane Season begins on Monday, June 1, 2020, and at that time we will restart our daily Cruise Ship Weather posts on this blog until the season ends on November 30. If the season has pre-hurricane season storms, we will begin earlier daily blog posts, once again.
In other cruise industry news, it’s been a very busy week, again.
State Department Brings Home Americans – (see video below)
The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. We have no higher duty than to protect American citizens, and have launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every corner of the globe.
As of March 24, 2020, we have repatriated more than 9,000 Americans from 28 countries. Our teams, working around-the-clock in Washington and overseas, will bring home thousands more in the coming days, from every region of the world.
Worldwide Covid-19 Temporary Closed Cruise Ports
Amsterdam, Australia, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Cook Islands, Cork, Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Doha, Ecuador, Estonia, European Union, Fiji, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Peru, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tasmania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United Arab Emirates, USA (Astoria, OR; Baltimore, MD; Bar Harbor, ME; Newport, RI; Portland, ME; Seattle, WA), Vanuatu, Vietnam.
Washington Governor Issues Shelter in Place Order
The first state with Covid-19 cases, on Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee has signed a statewide proclamation for all Washingtonians to stay at home for the next two weeks. This order is similar to what we’ve seen in California.
Businesses have 48 hours to close following the signing of the proclamation. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, health care services, child care providers, transportation, financial services, the defense industry, critical local government operations, and media are considered essential.
California Governor Issues Shelter in Place Order
The second state with Covid-19 cases, on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered California’s almost 40 million residents to stay home except for essential trips, extending similar restrictions statewide that Bay Area counties had previously enacted.
The announcement came shortly after Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and other leaders from Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous county, ordered that its residents stay in their homes as much as possible.
20 More States Issue Shelter in Place Order
The following states have also implemented some form of shelter in place or stay at home order, though the rules vary by state.
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
Canada US Border Closed For Non-freight
On Saturday, March 19, 2020, the United States’ border with Canada was closed to nonessential travel beginning Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a Friday press briefing. The border closure will be reviewed after 30 days, Pompeo said.
“I just spoke to President Trump again this morning and we have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all nonessential travel across the Canada-U.S. border,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a news conference on Wednesday morning.
Mexico US Border Closed For Non-essential Traffic
On Saturday, March 18, 2020, morning, the U.S. border with Mexico was closed to all “non-essential” travel as part of the federal government’s effort to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. But people with valid reasons for going back and forth across the border will still be able to.
In an interview, Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul General of México in San Diego, said U.S. or Mexican citizens with existing permission to enter either country will be able to cross to pick up medicine, see their family, and go to school or work.
“Our idea is to limit non-essential travel without disrupting the economic activity that has integrated our two economies for decades.”, Gutiérrez said.
Holland America Line Zaandam Plan Fort Lauderdale Docking
The Zaandam left Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 7 and was scheduled to end in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. The ship departed prior to the cruise line’s March 17 decision to suspend all operations globally for 30 days. All 1,243 guests have been asked to stay in their staterooms as the ship sails to Fort Lauderdale. It is expected to dock on March 30.
Silver Shadow Passengers Stranded Brazil
The Silver Shadow was one of several cruise ships that became marooned at sea or in ports as the coronavirus spread. Two passengers aboard the Silver Shadow had been “medically disembarked” in Recife, said Royal Caribbean. One tested positive for COVID-19 and the other tested negative.
“We are in close contact with all relevant government authorities relating to transport, and this work continues,” Silversea spokeswoman Melissa Charbonneau said.
Diamond Princess Covid-19 Virus Lasted 17 Days
The coronavirus survived for up to 17 days aboard the Princess Diamond cruise ship, living far longer on surfaces than previous research has shown, according to new data published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA, and Princeton University previously found that COVID-19 can last up to three days on plastic and stainless steel. That study also found that the amount of the virus left on those surfaces decreased over time.
- Webcams in Washington
- Webcams in Seattle
- U.S. State Department Covid-19 Repatriation
- U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
Video: State Department warns Americans to avoid all international travel