BioSec - What happens when your ship has a GI outbreak?

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Anyone following along at home, or on the train or at work or where ever else you may read this blog may have seen my post or in the main stream media that Ovation of the Seas recently had an outbreak of norovirus. The ship now is full of rumours of the exact numbers infected anywhere from 200-600 passengers where struck down with it. I have met a few from that cruise who were unaffected by the virus, but the outbreak definitely had its impact on the start of this cruise.

For the first 5 days we were at BioSec Level 3 (the BioSec is my name, I haven't heard anyone on the ship declare it that, but I did hear multiple times, we were at "level 3").

So just what is BioSec Level 3? That is a question I have been trying to find the answer to, but the internet has failed me! What I can tell you is what I observed. 

  • All restaurants and places for consuming food were patrolled by staff. Not just those who work in food, but anybody who has a customer facing job seemed to be conscripted in at times. Their job quite simply, prohibit food from leaving the venue, and ensure everybody who entered had washed, or applied Purell to their hands. 
  • Diamond Lounge guests were instantly sent to the sink to wash their hands.
  • Shops and most venues had restricted access to them, ie doors were locked, or roped off, sending all guests in via a control point, where again, Purell, could be applied. 
  • And personally the biggest blow! No fruit garnishes! All fruit 🍋 was removed from bars leaving me with plain soda water 😢. And other guests with less that exciting cocktails. And no one could do a tequila shot! 🤯

These were the things I noticed, there could well have been (probably was) other protocols in effect. Yesterday we dropped to Level 2, personally I haven't noticed too much difference between 2 and (what I am assuming is the default level) 1. But again, there are more than likely protocols that are running that I know nothing about. At level 2, entrances were made available, and staff were not on duty all the time to see that hands were washed/or purelled (that's right, I just made it a verb).

If you have the inside information on what the different BioSec (Sanitation) levels are, I would love to know, email me (in confidence on request).