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All Aboard! Passenger Ships to Increase Capacity: MARINA

It all depends on the quarantine classification of the ship's jurisdiction.
by John Paulo Aguilera
Sep 16, 2020
Photo/s: Agence France-Presse

More passengers will be allowed on board ships, in line with the recent reduction in the minimum space required between commuters, authorities said Wednesday.

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has released updated guidelines on physical distancing optimization and increased passenger capacity during the general and modified general community quarantine.

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According to MARINA Advisory No. 69, the physical distancing and passenger capacity on board and the effectivity period, depends on the community quarantine classification of the ship's operational area.

  • GCQ to GCQ: 0.75 meter of physical distance, 75 percent authorized capacity
  • GCQ to MGCQ, and vice versa: 0.50 meter of physical distance, 85 percent authorized capacity
  • MGCQ to MGCQ: 0.30 meter of physical distance, 90 percent authorized capacity

Wearing of face masks and face shields for passengers, officers, and ship crew is also mandatory, and there will be strict implementation of one-meter physical distance between passengers during boarding and disembarkation.

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