In light of the situation, local, state and federal officials held a meeting so as to finalize a plan which will need a further approval from the Broward County Commission.
“If the experts forming the operational plans are going to unanimously agree to it, it’s something I guess we’ll figure out a way to move forward with,” Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine told Reuters.
Through the tentative agreement, the cruise line’s Rotterdam and Zaandam ships will be allowed to enter the port.
Moreover, Zaandam has nearly 1.050 passengers and crew onboard and Rotterdam almost 1.450. For the records, four passengers onboard the Zaandam have lost their lives, two of them after becoming infected by the coronavirus.
According to the details of the plan have yet to be released, Holland America said in a statement on its website that more than 1.200 passengers from both ships would be transferred straight to charter flights to their homes.
At the same time, 45 sick passengers will be under quarantine on the Zaandam vessel while about 10 passengers, who are in critical condition, will be transferred to area hospitals.