Grenada’s cruise ship workers soon heading home
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government says several stranded nationals employed on cruise ships that are presently not sailing because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will be returning home later this month.
“Right now, as I speak to you, the date for St George’s arrival is not yet finalised based on the correspondence I saw, but I can confirm to you that they will be returning this month,” said Tourism Minister, Clarice Modeste.
The Grenadians will be arriving here on board a cruise ship which sole purpose is to drop off workers at their home ports in this region.
Modeste could not say what other nationalities would be on board the ship but indicated that since the pandemic, the United States had issued a “No sail order” for cruise ships in its territorial waters.
The order, according to the Federal Register, will be for 100 days beginning April 15.
Modeste, a medical practitioner, said she fully understands that the science for COVID-19 is continuously evolving and as a result all returning nationals on the cruise ship will be tested and be in quarantine for the required number of days in keeping with the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols.
“Some are saying that the time on the ship can be counted as quarantine time, but we will follow the rules once they are in Grenada and have them be quarantine, while at the same time allowing them to have a form of communication with families here,” she said.
The cost for the 14 day quarantine will be shared between the state and the cruise ship management. “We already had that discussion and we have agreed on a format for the cost to take care of the bill which will incur,” Modeste said.
Worldwide, COVID-19 which is caused by a novel coronavirus has infected millions and cause the death of thousands. At present, there are 21 confirmed cases in Grenada. (CMC)