(CMR) Over a thousand Jamaicans who are onboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) are to dock at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier at noon on Tuesday (May 19).
The cruise ship's scheduled arrival comes after much back and forth between the Jamaican government and other stakeholders about the arrival of the vessel, which made a request to the government on May 15 to repatriate the nationals stranded aboard the ship.
Speaking at a press conference late Monday evening Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave an update on the matter noting that the Cabinet had agreed on specifics in relation to the arrival of the nationals aboard the Anthem of the Seas.
“We have now given approval for the Royal Caribbean cruise ship to arrive in Falmouth at noon tomorrow [May 19]. This has been conveyed to our partners, Royal Caribbean cruise ships, and to the Port Authority. They will follow through the necessary maritime regulations to ensure the safe docking of the ship in Falmouth,” Holness said.
According to Holness, the Minister of Health and Wellness will set up a sterile zone around the port to conduct testing of the passengers aboard the ship.
The workers will be allowed to disembark in groups of 200 every 48 to 72 hours and they will be tested.
Those who tests are positive will be moved into a state quarantine facility until they recover, while others will be allowed to go home and self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of arrival.
In addition, those in home quarantine will be required to check in multiple times via video and also agree to have their locations geo-fenced on the JamCOVID app.