CDC guidelines: Basic steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection

Check out the full range of CDC analysis and response here: CDC COVID 19 prevention guidelines


SUP hiring hall operations guidelines during coronavirus

As described in the President's Report of the March issue of the West Coast Sailors, and authorized by the membership, the Union is taking the appropriate steps to both safeguard members and maintain our the continuity of operations. Much of it is basic best practices of the type described above. Additionally, the union is engaged in the following activities:


Self-quarantine measures: any member who has returned to the United States from one of the World Health Organization’s affected countries or “hotspots” of the outbreak is required to maintain a 14-day self-quarantine. Any member who is, in any case, exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) must maintain a 14-day self-quarantine until free of such symptoms.

Remote service: During this period phone registration for shipping is acceptable in all Halls according to the normal rules (during the Port’s registration window, sequentially by call, etc.)

Ship visits: limited to an as-needed basis as individually approved by the President. Delegates are urged to maintain email and phone contact with agents and grievances will be handled according to normal shore-based procedures.

Best practice safety: Members and agents are instructed and authorized to use and enforce all safety and health best practices including but not limited to the self-quarantine measures above; reducing unnecessary numbers of people in gatherings, routine procedures, and job calls; practicing radical social distancing; frequent washing hands/use of sanitizer; cleaning and sanitizing on a daily basis; posting safe behavior information sheets; keeping contact to a minimum.