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UPDATE: PortMiami operating with caution

PortMiami continues to work closely with cruise and cargo partners, as well as local, state and federal agencies, on preventative measures regarding COVID-19

MIAMI ( March 12, 2020 )

The Office of the Mayor, in conjunction with state and federal agencies, is coordinating all coronavirus (COVID-19) efforts throughout Miami-Dade County. Due to the high level of interest from local, national and international media entities regarding the cruise industry and COVID-19, PortMiami will continue to follow the Mayor’s lead regarding our future operating procedures and announcements during this complex and fluid situation.

At PortMiami, the team is operating with caution, as preparations and plans are already in place to restrict the spread of any communicable diseases, including COVID-19. All ships and terminals are being thoroughly sanitized on a regular basis as a precautionary measure. The Port continues to work with its cruise and cargo partners on additional preventative measures to safeguard employees, partners, crew members, passengers and the Miami-Dade community. In addition, each cruise line has instituted their own safety protocols and screening procedures for guests and crew members. We encourage cruise passengers to contact the cruise lines for any changes in itineraries or protocols. For the latest information from the Cruise Lines International Association, visit

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), established protocols for the detection of the virus and will review them on a case-by-case basis. The USCG Captain of the Port will continue to evaluate each case with the CDC and, in partnership with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), take any appropriate action as needed. PortMiami will continue to consult with the USCG, CBP, the Florida Department of Health, and the CDC on any additional measures required.