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Governor Ron DeSantis says Floridians aboard cruise ships may come ashore

Posted at 11:18 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 23:18:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The U.S. Coast Guard directed all cruise ships with sick passengers to stay at sea during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new rules require daily updates on each ship's COVID-19 case-load for vessels in U.S. waters.

Dozens of cruise ships are either lined up at Port Miami and Port Everglades. Waiting offshore.

Governor Ron DeSantis met with the president Wednesday afternoon, after the Coast Guard's announcement.

After the meeting, DeSantis announced the decision to accept the Floridians on board.

"Clearly, we are going to be willing to accept any Floridians who are on board," DeSantis said. "My concern is simply that we have worked so hard to make sure we have adequate hospital space in the event of a COVID-19 surge, that we wouldn't want those valuable beds to be taken because of the cruise ship."

This is a developing story.