Cruise news: Cunard unveils new safety rules including temperature checks and face masks

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Cruises have arguably been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in the year, several cruise lines across the world halted their operations as international travel took a plunge. Now, as cruise lines look tentatively to the future, companies are looking at the ways they can restart operations safely.

British cruise line Cunard has revealed what coronavirus health and safety measures it will be pitting in place when it restarts sailings.

Currently, Cunard has halted its operations until 2021 due to the virus.

The new measures will be implemented to keep both staff and passengers on board their ships safe.

The cruise line said the protocols are “designed to keep [passengers], our crew, and the communities we visit healthy and well, whilst ensuring you’ll still be able to enjoy the voyage of your dreams.”

The measures include passengers testing negative for coronavirus either at the cruise terminal before boarding or before travel, or even both.

Anyone who tests positive will be denied boarding to the ship.

The track and travel system will be in place in case anyone catches the virus and passengers need to be traced after the voyage.

Other health checks will also be put in place which includes a health declaration, a temperature check and a medical screening.

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Face masks must be worn by all inside the terminal.

However, it has not been disclosed what the face mask rules will be onboard.

Buffets and deck grills will not be self-service with food only being served by staff while practising social distancing.

Passengers will have to reserve a table and then only be able to dine with their travel companions.

Pre-booking may also be put in place for other activities such as for spas, gyms and swimming pools.

Passengers will be able to explore destinations on their voyage but they will be organised so passengers cannot go odd by themselves.

They will then have to undergo temperature checks when they re-board the ship.

Currently, UK The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is advising against cruise ship travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is also based on medical advice from Public Health England (PHE).

The FCDO says cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least one night on an ocean voyage with people from multiple households.

The advice also applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and has leisure and entertainment facilities such as cinemas or swimming pools.

However, ferries and private boats are not included in the FCDO’s advice.

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