Italy closes ports to cruise ships

cruise ship
Credit: CC0 Public Domain
Italy has closed its ports to foreign cruise ships and suspended the operation of its own services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The transportation ministry said late Thursday that Italian ships already at sea will have to return to and undergo tests on all crew and passengers.

Those not positive for COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate and to monitor their health.

The notice runs until April 3.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday that all Italian restrictions—including the shutdown of most businesses and a ban on public gatherings—will have to be extended well into next month.

Italy has a thriving cruise industry that employed 120,000 people and was Europe's largest in 2017.

Several cruise ships have experienced outbreaks that saw them blocked from various ports during the virus crisis.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined at a port in Japan was under the command of Italian captain Gennaro Arma.

© 2020 AFP

Citation: Italy closes ports to cruise ships (2020, March 20) retrieved 9 December 2022 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Follow the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Feedback to editors