cdc lifts no sail order

Breaking news out of Miami

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is leaving it’s No Sail Order to expire on October 31, 2020. This was the planned date, though there have been many planned dates that have been pushed back – so the news came somewhat unexpectedly. It’s to be assumed that this is to open the door for the resumption of cruising for the US.

Testing of additional safeguards for crew will be seen in the initial phases of the lifting of the No Sail Order, and operators are expected to expand the capacity of testing passengers. Simulated voyages and a phased return are expected to follow in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted on additional orders from the CDC as they follow.

“This framework provides a pathway to resume safe and responsible sailing. It will mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks on ships and prevent passengers and crew from seeding outbreaks at ports and in the communities where they live,” says CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC and the cruise industry have a shared goal to protect crew, passengers, and communities and will continue to work together to ensure that all necessary public health procedures are in place before cruise ships begin sailing with passengers.”

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