On April 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an extension of its “No Sail Order” for cruise ships in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Authorities issued a no-sail order on March 14 and it was set to last 30 days, however, that directive has been extended and will remain in place for at least 100 days.
“We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield in a statement. He added that the extension is a means to increase efforts to combat the effects and impact of coronavirus, and takes into account just how much the pandemic has impacted passengers and crew.
The CDC says the new order will remain in place until one of three scenarios occurs: the Secretary of Health and Human Services no longer declares COVID-19 a public health emergency; the CDC director modifies or rescinds the order based on public health or other considerations, or 100 more days pass.
“The measures we are taking today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide critical public health guidance to the industry to limit the impact of COVID-19 on its workforce throughout the remainder of this pandemic,” Redfield said.
Visit the CDC’s site for all of its guidance surrounding coronavirus and cruise ships
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