Good Afternoon All,
In case you do not already have it, the attached MSIB contains current Coast Guard guidance on novel coronavirus. This MSIB documents a significant change in CG posture from other emails sent out over this past weekend in response to the
Presidential Proclamation issued on 31 Jan. Specifically, non-passenger commercial vessels will not be denied entry solely in the basis of the vessel or a crewmember having been in China in the previous 14 days. As long as no crewmembers
are exhibiting symptoms, such vessels will be permitted to enter the U.S. and conduct normal operations, with restrictions (i.e. crewmembers will be required to remain aboard the vessel).<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1F497D">
In contrast, vessels with passengers aboard that have visited China in the previous 14 days will still be denied entry until they pass the 14-day threshold. Similarly,
any vessel, passenger or non-passenger, reporting crewmembers or passengers who exhibit symptoms, regardless of the date of last port call, will be denied entry pending CG coordination with CDC and local health authorities.
I encourage you to disseminate this MSIB widely. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them as best we can.
Jack Walsh, LCDR
Chief, Inspections Division
USCG Sector Boston
(617) 223-3030 (office)