EASTPORT, Maine (WABI) - A cruise ship sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic will probably dock in Eastport.
Eastport city councilors voted 4 to 1 to send a letter to Governor Mills saying they support the Eastport Port Authority's plans to allow MS Riviera to tie up at the breakwater.
Their discussion comes after a unanimous vote by the City Port Authority.
Now it goes to Governor Mills for approval.
We're told the 100 crew members wouldn't leave the ship unless otherwise authorized to do so by the CDC or if there's a medical emergency.
One councilor questioned why the crew isn't being tested for coronavirus before docking here.
"The fact remains no COVID testing has taken place with anyone who is currently on the vessel. I understand they are monitoring symptoms, that says nothing if an individual is asymptomatic."
"In my mind, I’m not infecting the citizens of Eastport because the crew is not getting off they aren't going to mingle with the citizens of Eastport, unlike the individuals that are in the IGA everyday mingling with the eastporters."
Eastport Port Authority officials say no one on the ship has COVID-19.
We're told officials on board are doing temperature checks and physicals on crewmembers.