Business Sydney has applauded Health agencies and their protocols for managing COVID-19 onboard cruise ships as we seek to restart Sydney’s billion-dollar cruise industry.
Business Sydney Executive Director Paul Nicolaou praised public health authorities from the NSW, Victoria and Queensland for working with the cruise industry to develop the comprehensive set of protocols which were over-and-above other settings.
“COVID transmission is widespread in the community and what we are seeing is the protocols working exactly as they should and in real time,” said Mr Nicolaou.
“This should be seen as a triumph for public health officials and the cruise industry because it is genuine collaboration as we all work hard to return to normal life.
“The cruise industry has worked tirelessly to devise and implement comprehensive COVID hygiene and other safety protocols to keep passengers and crew safe for the long-awaited resumption of a critical driver of Sydney’s visitor economy.
“Cruising contributed more than $5 billion to the national economy before COVID and is critical to regenerating Sydney’s CBD and the livelihoods of small businesses across the state,” Mr Nicolaou said.