As the United States surpassed 220,000 COVID-19 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for wearing a mask while traveling.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow cruise ships to sail in U.S. waters starting Sunday. But even if they did, passengers wouldn’t be waving goodbye from the deck. In fact, the agency has not said when it will be allowed to return to the vessel.
This is according to the public health agency’s new “Conditional Cruise Order Framework”. Published Friday, it “introduces a phased approach to safe and responsible recovery of passenger travel,” CDC said in a statement issued by Cate spokesperson. Shockey supply.
The first voyages to leave the port will be simulated trips designed to show that ships and crew comply with CDC standards and can minimize the spread of COVID-19 on board.
“In the first phase, cruise ship operators must demonstrate compliance with testing, isolating and isolating requirements and keep away from society to protect crew members while they build. building the necessary laboratory capacity to test the crew and passengers in the future, ”the agency explained.
The next phases will include simulation trips with volunteers such as employees or their family members, Shockey told USA TODAY. Those test trips will resemble the destroyed tours that the lines have made with any new vessel prior to its official maiden voyage.
In order to continue passengers’ voyages, each vessel must, upon order, present the “COVID-19 Conditional Cruise Certificate” issued by the CDC.
“A cruise ship operator must have successfully performed a simulated trip or series of simulated trips demonstrating the cruise boat operator’s ability to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 on board. their travel, “wrote the command.
Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC Global Migration and Quarantine Division, estimates it will be necessary for cruise ships with disabilities to meet the standards.
Each of the following boxes must be checked
“We look forward to reviewing Orders in greater detail and working with CDC to promote return journeys from US ports,” said Cruise Lines International, a leading industry organization. know in a statement by Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president. strategic communication.
In late September, the CDC announced it would extend the “no sails” order for the US ocean tourism industry to the end of October and expire on Saturday.
CDC’s previous orders were scheduled to close on Wednesday after a renewal for the mid-March original order was released in April and again in July.
The CDC has requested this order be extended until February 15, 2021. However, after compromising with the White House Task Force, it settled for October 31, four days before the election day. November 3, a person familiar with the situation was not allowed to speak publicly with USA TODAY at the time. As a result, a subcommittee of Congress is investigating whether the White House might interfere with the CDC order.
The CDC still advises against flying
After announcing the October 31 expiration date of the “no sails” order, the CDC issued a “Class 3 Travel Health Notice” advising people to “postpone travel” on cruise ships. all around the world. The 8 October declaration applies to both cruises and river cruises, has been restarted in Asia and Europe.
For those who decide to take the last boat, the agency recommends that passengers returning from a cruise ship or river cruise “take extra precautions to protect others during the trip.” 14 days after arrival. “
The medical notice also warns participants on international tours or calls in other countries that their travels may be affected if anyone on their ship develops COVID-19. This includes being denied disembarkation, as happened with Holland America’s MS Westerdam, or required to be officially quarantined on board, as Japan did with Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess in February. . The ship’s outbursts have infected more than 700 people and more than a dozen deaths.
In addition, it also reminds elderly travelers and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes that they are at increased risk of serious illness if COVID-19 infection is present.
The yacht industry is about to set sail
The travel industry has spent most of its time 8 months figuring out how to operate it safely after being allowed to continue sailing in American waters.
“Our members are 100% committed to helping protect the health of our guests, crew, and the communities we serve, and are ready to deploy multiple layers of protocols informed by scientific knowledge. Latest medical and schooling, “CLIA said in a statement offering Golin-Blaugrund Friday. “We are committed to continue to sail responsibly, keeping public health first.”
CLIA’s approach, the claim to continue to evolve as knowledge and conditions evolve globally regarding COVID-19.
Earlier this month, members ofThe Cruise Lines International Association, an industry leader, has adopted 74 recommendations to prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19 on its passenger ships, including testing, masking and inspection. temperature.
New health and safety measures are drawn from a September report prepared by the Healthy Sail Panel for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a collaboration among major players in the industry. Royal Caribbean and Norway.
The industry also conducts universal COVID-19 testing on ships with a capacity of 250 or more.
Most of the remaining trips by 2020 have been canceled
A number of cruise lines canceled trips in November and December, leaving some of their remaining 2020 trips on schedule.
In the first day of this month, Carnival Cruise Line has canceled a number of scheduled trips over the last two months of the year, including excursions in November from US home ports in Miami and Port Canaveral. Subsidiary Carnival Princess Cruises announced back in July that it will extend its temporary US shutdown through December 15.
Virgin Voyages, whose first season was ended by the pandemic, is also canceling trips in December, spokeswoman Michelle Estevam confirmed to USA TODAY earlier this week.
Cruises and pandemic
Cruises are among the first coronavirus casualties, especially to lines of activity in Asia, where the pandemic first took root.
A CDC report revealed that between March 1 and July 10, 2,973 cases of COVID-19 or “COVID-like” appeared on cruise ships, and there were 34 deaths. During that time, there were 99 outbreaks on 123 cruise ships, meaning that 80% of ships in US jurisdiction were affected.
But eight months have passed since those initial flare-ups and travel industry executives say things have progressed. Like the medical community and the world at large, they know more about the virus than they did in March. And that knowledge shaped their plans to return to the sea.
Adam Goldstein, CLIA’s global president, said at a press conference in September, “(We did) learning a lot about viruses these months.
The shipping line executives are repeating his statement.
“At this point, we have every reason to be optimistic that we will be traveling in the US before the end of the year,” Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald said in an earnings call. in the first day of this month.
And Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, also believes the industry has found a way to move forward.
“We believe it is possible to make you safer on a cruise ship than you are on ‘Main Street’,” he said during an income call on Thursday.
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