The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday March 24th that it would be keeping its tough framework for any resumption of cruise ship operations. This will run until November 1st. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which had opposed the shutdown last March, had urged the CDC to permit a return to sailing from US ports by early July. The CLIA argued that the CDC’s attitude did not reflect the accelerated roll out of vaccines or cruise operators’ safety advancements.
Last October the CDC issued a conditional sailing order (CSO, see link below) that comprised a framework for a phased resumption of cruises, requiring testing and additional safeguards for crew members, as well as simulated voyages to test cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate the risk of virus transmission.
“Details for the next phase of the CSO are currently under interagency review,” the CDC said.