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Spain closes ports to cruise ships for two weeks to avoid spread of Coronavirus

Spanish ports turning away cruise ships for 14 days

Spain's Council of Ministers announced that in an effort to avoid Coronavirus, cruise ships from any origin will not be permitted to visit Spanish ports between March 13 and 26.

Spain hopes this move will prevent Coronavirus from spreading more quickly, especially given the given how much it has spread in nearby Italy.

The ban is temporary, and could be extended for additional periods not exceeding 14 days and evaluated periodically, particularly taking into account the evolution of the pandemic, especially in Italy.

The Ministry of Health has the authority to lift the ban in exceptional circumstances, under strict sanitation controls.