Update on the Nationals on the Enchantment of the Seas

Port-of-Spain, 28 June, 2020: The Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of National Security (MNS) and the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago recently participated in a virtual meeting with representatives of the management of the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship to discuss the quarantine status of the Trinidad and Tobago nationals on board the vessel.

The decision was made that, in light of the three recent COVID-19 positive cases from this group and out of an abundance of caution, on Tuesday 30th June, 2020 our nationals on board will be allowed to disembark the ship and will be moved into state quarantine on land.

This is to facilitate the continued monitoring of these nationals. The nationals will be held in quarantine, for a short period of time, where another round of PCR tests will be conducted during this week. Upon receipt and review of these results, a determination will be made as to when they can be safely reunited with their families.

The MoH empathises with the plight of the persons under quarantine but advises that this step is being taken to ensure the continued safety of these nationals, their families and the population at large.

While the nationals are in state quarantine, the standard protocols will apply, which include the ability of the families of the quarantined persons to send care packages to them. Family members will be provided with further details at a later date.

The MoH and MNS would like to thank the management and staff of the Enchantment of the Seas for ensuring the safety of our nationals by maintaining the strict quarantine protocols while the nationals are on board.

The Ministry of Health will continue to provide up-to-date information and take the necessary steps to safeguard the health of the population as we work collaboratively to beat COVID-19.