CDC extends no-sail order for cruise ships

CDC extends no-sail order for cruise ships
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that cruise lines operating in U.S. territory would be barred from sailing until at least the end of September, extending an existing no sail order first implemented in March.

An announcement on the agency's website stated that the order would extend until Sept. 30 or until the order is specifically rescinded.

"On July 16, 2020, CDC extended the No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation; Notice of Modification and Extension and Other Measures Related to Operations signed by the CDC Director on April 9, 2020—subject to the modifications and additional stipulated conditions as set forth in this Order," the CDC's website states.

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"Cruise company officials must sign an acknowledgement of the completeness and accuracy of their response plans. These cruise ships are also able to use commercial travel to disembark crew members if they meet certain criteria to show that they have no confirmed COVID cases or COVID-like illness onboard. Crew members on these ships that are not affected by COVID-19 can also resume some of their daily interactions with fellow crew members," the order continued.

The agency first implemented a no sail order in mid-March, after numerous cruise ships reported outbreaks of the virus onboard, forcing passengers and crew into quarantine on the ships.

In mid-June a major cruise industry group voluntarily suspended operations at U.S. ports until mid-September, according to CNN.

"Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers," the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in a statement in mid-June.