To all stakeholders
Re: COVID – 19 // Houston, Galveston, and Freeport, Texas Updates
CBP // PIN 20-008
From: LANDRY, JOHN G <JOHN.G.LANDRY@CBP.DHS.GOV>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:21 PM
To: HOUSEA Passenger Managers <HOUSEAPassengerManagers@cbp.dhs.gov>
Subject: Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave Rescinded
This notice rescinds the temporary restrictions specified in Public Information Notice 20-005 dated March 23, 2020 that were implemented to address the public health emergency and community spread of COVID-19.
Crew shore leave processing and inspection will now return to previously established procedures.
At this time, crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember
has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crewmember’s travel.
Please note, due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Local questions regarding issues related to this notice should be directed to the Houston Seaport at 713-454-8002
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">John G. Landry
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Watch Commander
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">Area Port of Houston/Galveston
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">U.S. Customs and Border Protection
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">832-549-6780 - Mobile
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">713-454-8002 – Office
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">713-454-8015 – Direct
Following excerpts from Houston Chronicle
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has issued an order mandating that businesses in the county must require customers wear masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order goes
into effect Monday, June 22.
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black">Employees and customers over the age of 10 must wear a mask or face covering, stay 6 feet apart from other customers and staff, and cannot enter a business if they are feeling ill.
<span-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;background:white">Harris County has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases since Memorial Day.
No significant changes for vessel movements.
Houston, Galveston, Texas City and Freeport - All vessel traffic operating normally, with no delays or stoppages due to COVID-19.
Vessels are precleared via agency with USCG, CBP, and Pilots for COVID-19 prior to arrival designated port anchorages.
For crew changes, please contact our Houston Operations department. CBP Houston allows crew changes in Houston / Galveston / Texas City and Freeport.
CBP is requiring sign off crew must have a direct flight from IAH directly out of the U.S and prefers departure without any overnight stay in the U.S.. Due to COVID-19,
very few flights are available for the sign off crew
Texas is slowly opening up. Phase 1 - Restaurants have opened dining rooms, with social distancing. Governor Abbott has approved further businesses to open / Businesses
in offices, Child care, Bars, Sports, Gyms, Personal care services, bowling alleys, and Zoos – Phase 2. Face masks are still encouraged while out in public.
Texas Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office of Texas Governor
Houston, TX Health Department
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