Port Canaveral COVID-19 Update

3/17/2020

Port Canaveral COVID-19 update, CLICK HERE
For the latest from the CDC, CLICK HERE
For Florida Dept. of Health's dedicated COVID-19 web page, CLICK HERE
Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) update, CLICK HERE
Florida Ports Council statement CLICK HERE
For State of Florida Executive Order, CLICK HERE
For the USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) CLICK HERE

The Canaveral Port Authority cares for the safety and well-being of our employees, partners, visitors and guests. As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 developing situation, in line with recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Dept. of Health, and in response to guidance issued today (March 17) by Florida Governor DeSantis, we have taken the following actions:
 
Canaveral Port Authority employees who are able to telework, will be doing so effective today. Business transactions at the Port Canaveral Maritime Center will be conducted by appointment only.  The Port’s Purchasing Warehouse remains open for deliveries.
 
We have suspended the use of our indoor and outdoor venues at Port Canaveral for events and gatherings scheduled to take place in any of our facilities from Tuesday, March 17 through May 1, 2020.  We will be processing refunds for deposits or monies paid for any event reservation, and will not be accepting any new event reservations until further notice. 
 
Exploration Tower is closed until further notice and Jetty Park is closed, effective 12 noon today (Tuesday, March 17th).  Campground guests will need to vacate by Thursday, March 19.  Additionally, we will not be accepting any new campground reservations until further notice.  
 
Cove Merchants are open, however interested patrons should check with the business for their operating status.
 
Port Canaveral operations are normal for inbound and outbound vessels. 
 
The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports.  All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at Port Canaveral are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidance of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
 
As we work with our cruise partners to accommodate their berthing needs, there are currently five cruise ships at lay berth at Port Canaveral.  These are Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival cruise ships, which are generally homeported at Port Canaveral, and none of the vessels has passengers on board.
 
Area residents may see cruise ships entering and leaving the Port every few days. The cruise lines plan to cycle vessels from berth to off-shore allowing each ship to take on provisions while at berth. 
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is restricting all crewmember movements while vessels are docked in Port Canaveral. 
 
We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and coordinate our efforts with federal, state and local government agencies – like the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Dept. of Health (DOH) – to ensure we are doing everything to keep our employees and extended community safe, and well informed. Updates will be posted as situations evolve or change. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates.