The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said today that the National Civil Protection Headquarters would "probably" allow cruise ships to enter Dubrovnik, which was requested by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, yesterday.
"We think that what is prescribed for this Italian company (MSC) that cruises the Mediterranean with two cruise ships, if they really adhere to it, is close to the maximum epidemiological measures and it is a fairly safe situation," Capak said in an interview with N1, adding that in that case there is no need to stop these cruise ships coming to Dubrovnik.
Franković said that he had talked with Minister Davor Božinović about the problem with the ban on cruisers docking in the city port, "He said it was solvable, but, of course, with the positive opinion of an epidemiologist." Franković has sent the request to the Dubrovnik Epidemiological Service, which described all the protocols made by MSC. This request was then sent to the Public Health Institute in Dubrovnik. “We believe that the protocols developed by MSC are well prepared, excellent and minimize the chance of someone becoming infected with coronavirus," Frankovic said. Adding that “That's why we think we will get a positive opinion from the Civil Protection Directorate, and after that MSC could start operations in September, as they told us to reactivate Dubrovnik as one of their ports."
Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković also reacted to this statement via his Facebook profile.
“Resolutely and responsibly for the City from the first day of the Covid-19 crisis until today. Thank you to the Headquarters for understanding and appreciating the initiatives of the City. So far, we have shown responsibility in respecting the measures of the Headquarters, as evidenced by the daily results,” wrote Franković.