CDC lifts ban on cruises and paves way for return to sailing – WESH 2 Orlando

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced that it will allow its no-sail order to expire this weekend. The no-sail order has been in place since mid-March due to the coronavirus but will expire on Saturday night and not be extended, the CDC said. While that order is set to expire, that doesn’t mean cruises will begin again on Sunday. The order will be replaced with a new conditional sail order that will remain in effect until either Nov. 1, 2021, the expiration of the declaration of a public health emergency or when CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield decides to end it.Cruise lines will have to prove to the CDC that its COVID-19 protocols are effective before they will be allowed to sail with passengers. The CDC acknowledges COVID-19 is spreading worldwide and says a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruises, since there’s an increased risk for transmission.The 40-page document put out by the agency outlines the steps cruise lines must take in order to begin sailing again.Before a return to cruises with passengers, cruise lines will be required to run simulated voyages and undergo CDC inspections of safety measures being taken to mitigate risks.Passengers and crew must also be tested on the day of the voyage, and at the conclusion of the cruise. Voyages would not be allowed to exceed seven days.The change is a big win for the Florida cruise industry, which has been shuttered completely since March. The cruise industry is responsible for over 150,000 jobs in Florida and over $8.5 billion in spending.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced that it will allow its no-sail order to expire this weekend.

The no-sail order has been in place since mid-March due to the coronavirus but will expire on Saturday night and not be extended, the CDC said.

While that order is set to expire, that doesn’t mean cruises will begin again on Sunday.

The order will be replaced with a new conditional sail order that will remain in effect until either Nov. 1, 2021, the expiration of the declaration of a public health emergency or when CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield decides to end it.

Cruise lines will have to prove to the CDC that its COVID-19 protocols are effective before they will be allowed to sail with passengers.

The CDC acknowledges COVID-19 is spreading worldwide and says a careful approach is needed to safely resume cruises, since there’s an increased risk for transmission.

The 40-page document put out by the agency outlines the steps cruise lines must take in order to begin sailing again.

Before a return to cruises with passengers, cruise lines will be required to run simulated voyages and undergo CDC inspections of safety measures being taken to mitigate risks.

Passengers and crew must also be tested on the day of the voyage, and at the conclusion of the cruise. Voyages would not be allowed to exceed seven days.

The change is a big win for the Florida cruise industry, which has been shuttered completely since March.

The cruise industry is responsible for over 150,000 jobs in Florida and over $8.5 billion in spending.