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COVID-19: The Port of San Diego's Response

Prioritizing the health and well-being of the public, our partners, and Port employees and their families, the Port of San Diego is doing our part to minimize the spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) while continuing to support our partners and provide public services. See below and check back here for updates and impacts related to the Port's maritime operations, public services, public safety, and more.

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The Port of San Diego Administration Building at 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego has reopened to the public and tenants (on Tuesday, June 15). The building will be open during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday (administrative offices work on an alternate workweek schedule and are closed every other Friday per our Alternate Closed Fridays schedule).

Whenever possible, the public and tenants are encouraged to use the Port’s online Service Portal for services, including public records, parks/event permits, reporting trash, graffiti, stormwater pollution and more. Those without computer and/or internet access may request to use a computer that will be available in the lobby of the Administration Building.

The Port continues to do our part to minimize the spread of and exposure to COVID-19. At this time and until further notice, all unvaccinated persons entering any Port facility are required to wear a face covering. For vaccinated individuals, mask wearing is optional but encouraged. Additionally, the Port has implemented other safety measures, including but not limited to: 

  • Daily disinfection service for high touch areas in addition to regular cleaning and janitorial service
  • Plexiglas installed in public areas
  • Ventilation system filter enhancement

At this time, Board of Port Commissioners meetings are being conducted virtually. Meeting schedules and agendas are available here. Details on how to view meetings and submit public comment are available by clicking on the meeting’s agenda.

Maritime

The Port of San Diego is in regular communication and is collaborating with cargo and cruise lines, ship agents, California Office of Emergency Services, San Diego County Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA), and the Cruise Line Industry Association (CILA).

The Coast Guard and CBP, with guidance from the CDC, are responsible for tracking cruise ship and cargo vessel arrival. They have decision-making authority regarding vessel clearance, quarantine and other requirements.

Cruise

Sailings out of the Port of San Diego are currently scheduled to resume on October 1, with the Port supporting various ships as needed for supplies and preparations beginning on September 2. With health and safety as our top priority, we are working with the cruise lines, along with various other local, state, and federal agencies to put extra precautions in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to COVID-19.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the cruise industry right now?

As we look ahead to the start of our fall-spring season, the lines are doing some early preparations such as vaccinating their crew members and working with the CDC and local and state public health agencies to resume cruising out of Southern California.

On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for cruise ships to prepare and resume operations as soon as July. To resume cruising and not conduct a test cruise before approval by the CDC to operate, at least 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the new requirements. The cruise lines are working to meet CDC guidelines for resumption of service.

What safety plans and protocols are currently in place to keep crew members healthy aboard the ships and to treat them if they get sick?

The cruise lines are responsible for on board crew health and safety. Please contact the cruise line for more information.

What safety plans and protocols are being put in place at the Port’s terminals to keep travelers, everyone who works at the terminals, and the public safe when cruises resume?

The Port of San Diego is discussing this with its cruise partners and other North American ports in anticipation of cruise eventually restarting. Guidelines will include extra cleaning and disinfection protocols, passenger and crew testing, face covering requirements, social distancing protocols, staggered and scheduled cruise passenger check-ins, plexiglass use to provide safety barriers between passengers and terminal workers, availability of hand sanitizer and handwashing, temperature checks and more.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources

For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit: