CDC Extends Cruise Line Health Rules Until Mid-January

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By Associated Press
October 26, 2021

The bureau said that aft Jan. 15, it plans to determination to a voluntary programme for cruise companies to observe and power the dispersed of COVID-19.

Federal wellness officials connected Monday extended for astir 3 much months its rules that cruise ships indispensable travel to sail during the pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the hold makes lone "minor modifications" to rules already successful effect. The bureau said that aft Jan. 15, it plans to determination to a voluntary programme for cruise companies to observe and power the dispersed of COVID-19 connected their ships.

The existent regulations, called a conditional sailing order, were scheduled to expire Nov. 1.

The CDC imposed the archetypal no-sail bid connected cruise lines successful March 2020, aft astir companies sailing successful U.S. waters had agreed to suspend voyages. The CDC issued method guidelines for the manufacture 5 months aboriginal and began approving proceedings sailings this spring.

Cruises person since sailed from Florida and different parts of the country. Most lines necessitate big passengers to amusement impervious of vaccination against COVID-19.

The CDC noted connected Twitter that since it archetypal issued restrictions connected sailing, cruise lines person developed and implemented wellness and information protocols to negociate COVID-19 and person resumed cruising.

A cruise manufacture commercialized radical pledged to proceed moving with CDC connected wellness measures connected committee ships. It cited the CDC announcement arsenic grounds that lines person made a palmy — if lone partial — instrumentality since the pandemic unopen down the manufacture worldwide.

Laziza Lambert, a spokesperson for the Cruise Lines International Association, said successful a connection that, "Cruising has successfully resumed successful the United States" with measures that person constricted the hazard of COVID-19 for passengers and unit members. She said the CDC announcement shows that the wellness bureau and the Biden medication "recognize the cruise industry's palmy resumption of operations."

Industry officials person complained that the authorities took a overmuch tougher stance against cruising — shutting it down wholly past twelvemonth — than it took toward airlines and different parts of the question industry.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.