With new safety regulations at the place which includes temperature checks, mandatory use of masks and COVID-19 tests, On Sunday the first Mediterranean cruise sets on the sail from Italy after the lockdown.
The cruise ship company MSC has made new procedures for both crew and passengers which as a part of new safety and health protocols where any person testing positive or has a fever or having any other Covid-19 related symptoms will be denied entry to the cruise.
The MSC Grandiosa set sail from the northern Italian port of Genoa on Sunday evening for a seven-night cruise in the western Mediterranean. And guests need to compulsorily wear masks at elevators or any other regions where social distancing cannot be followed.
Earlier this month beginning, the Italian government approved that the cruise ships can begin operating with limited capacity and can sail with 70% capacity.
MSC will be sailing and is limited to the guests who belong to the 26 Schengen visa-free travel zones. The crew of the cruise will be given the wristband that facilitates contactless transactions and as well as providing proximity tracing and providing contact information.
Cruise ship tourism is one of the ways that Italy generates income. It is estimated that over 12 million passengers had made port calls last year in Italy.