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The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to sail again.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Level 4 travel announcement on Saturday advising “all people” to avoid traveling on cruise ships around the world because “the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high.”

“Cruise passengers have an increased risk of spreading infectious diseases from person to person, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships,” the organization said on its website.

The CDC added that the warning for “passengers who may be considered at increased risk” in particular “applies.

“Passengers who decide to take a cruise should be tested 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home for 7 days after the trip,” the CDC said. “Even if you test negative, you must be home for the full 7 days.”

For passengers not being tested, the CDC recommended staying home for 14 days.

A similar update was issued Saturday for international flights, recommending that Americans who choose to fly out of the country be tested before and after the trip: “1-3 days before your flight” and again “3-5 days after the trip . ” Even those who test negative on return must be home for seven days; 14 for those who are not tested.

“Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can put you in close contact with other people and often affected surfaces,” the CDC said. “Social distance is difficult at busy airports and on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, can increase the risk of getting COVID-19. How to get to and from the airport, e.g. With public transportation and equestrian sharing, it can also increase your chances of being exposed to the virus. ”

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The travel announcement, which originally warned of the cruise, was published on March 17. On October 8, the CDC introduced a Level 3 warning recommending people to “postpone the voyage” on cruise ships around the world.

On October 30, the CDC issued a “conditional sail order” that replaced its “no-sail” order and allowed a phased-in cruise restart in U.S. waters. This order did not specify when passenger cruises could restart on ships capable of carrying 250 or more people and required ships to meet certain standards and complete activities such as test cruises.

This “framework for conditional navigation” describes a path – a step-by-step, deliberate and deliberate path – towards the resumption of passenger traffic, but only when it is safe, when (the cruise industry) can ensure health and when they are responsible for crew passengers and port communities, ”Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Global Migration and Quarantine Department, told the United States today.

Earlier this month, the cruise industry extended its voluntary downtime at the end of the year. But to meet the CDC’s “conditional sailing order”, several cruise ships, including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, have already chosen to extend their own sailing suspensions further. Carnival has canceled all sailings in US waters until February 2021, and Princess and Holland America have canceled sailings across the globe until April 2021.

At the time the order was announced, Cetron was not prepared to guess when the passenger cruise will actually begin.

“I’m smart enough after 10 months of pandemic not to speculate like that,” he said. “It’s basically the virus’ number against human ingenuity.”

While it appears that the return of the cruise is not imminent in U.S. waters, according to the “conditional sailing order,” congressmen have called on the CDC to reintroduce its “non-sailing” order.

Contribution: Hannah Yasharoff

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