Port of Miami COVID-19 Update
By now almost everyone is familiar with the Coronavirus and the impact on the global economy. In the Port of Miami, the cruise industry has unanimously agreed to suspend services to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. This might be a blow for those who have booked cruises already but, it is a necessary preventative measure. On the 13th of March, President Trump announced that 4 major cruise ships (Royal Caribbean, MSC, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruises) will suspend trips from the U. S for 30 days. Effective since March 12th, Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez declared a county State of Emergency. All public areas have been reducing their maximum capacity to prevent the spread of the virus and more private businesses are closing shop everyday. At the time of this article there are about 44 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Miami Dade (including the city of Miami Mayor who has been tested positive for COVID-19), and there are over 200 confirmed in the State of Florida. South Florida is now preparing Drive-thru test sites for the virus. You can visit this link to see an interactive map of the total cases by country around the world.
As a result of all the preventative measures American Tours and Transport will be temporarily suspending our cruise port services. If you have had your cruises canceled, please contact us so that we may reschedule your trip or cancel until you and your family are ready to travel. Our cancellation policy has been flexible to accommodate all of our customers during this global crisis. Our reservation specialists are available to share more information about how this crisis is affecting our services and how we can help you reschedule your tours, transfers, and shore excursions. We wish to send all of our customers our best wishes and please stay safe.
General Information About the Coronavirus
Over the last three months, the world has been living in fear because of COVID-19. In case you haven’t heard of COVID-19 (which is highly unlikely), Coronavirus may ring a bell. COVID-19 is a deadly virus that has brought the world to its knees – claiming lives, causing chaos, and panic. The Coronavirus originates from Wuhan, China where the first case was recorded in December 2019 before spreading to other parts of the world. However, the WHO (World Health Organization) had to wait until March 11, 2020, before declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Coronavirus, which is the codename for the COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can affect the lungs and airways. What’s dreadful about this virus is that it is NEW, meaning, there’s no vaccine for it YET as at the time of writing this article. However, Phase 1 trials for the vaccine have started and biotech companies are racing at unprecedented levels to make the vaccine available to the public. There are claims that the disease hails from a series of gene mutations between a snake and a bat while most people believe the deadly virus, that has claimed over 7, 525 lives with 190, 270 confirmed cases worldwide, is a biological weapon.
The only ways to prevent contacting Coronavirus are to keep at least a 6 ft distance from anyone who is sneezing, and regular cleaning of the hands with alcohol-based sanitizers or thoroughly washing for 20 seconds. As a result, the president of the United States of America recommends every citizen to avoid gatherings of 10 or more. Professional sports leagues have suspended their events, restaurants have shifted to take out only and deliveries, movie theaters have closed, and many more businesses are halting services every day.
As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, the global stock exchanges are plummeting, triggering a global selloff. Thousands of flights have halted and some countries have closed borders too. Spain, England, Norway, and many European countries have placed bans on cruise ships as a means to curb the widespread of the Coronavirus.