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Subject:Update Coast Guard Guidance for Novel Coronavirus
Date:Friday, February 07, 2020
MSIB 02-20_Novel_Coronavirus_2Feb20 Final.pdf    

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)


Notice posted on Friday, February 07, 2020

For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.