WASHINGTON: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention yesterday issued new guidelines to the cruise industry, including the need for vaccination against Covid-19, a necessary step before passenger travel can resume.
New technical instructions, the first update since October, include increasing the weekly to daily reporting of Covid-19 cases and diseases and conducting routine tests of all crews based on Covid-19 ship status and establishing a plan and timeline for vaccination of crews and port staff.
“Efforts to vaccinate Covid-19 will be crucial to the safe continuation of passenger operations,” the CDC said.
The CDC said the next phase of the CDC’s conditional sail order will include simulated voyages that will allow crew and port staff to practice new Covid-19 operational procedures with volunteers before sailing with passengers.
“The CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and port partners to continue cruising when safe, following the phased approach highlighted“ in the October conditional sailing order, ”the agency said.
He did not specify a date for the resumption of cruises from U.S. ports, despite calls from industry to plan a gradual resumption by early July. The CDC has said it will issue additional guidelines before allowing the cruise to continue.
The International Cruise Lines Association, represented by Carnival Corp., Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises and others, called on the CDC to issue new guidelines, saying in a March 24 statement that “the lack of any CDC action effectively banned all navigation in the largest cruise market in the world. “He did not comment immediately yesterday.
The group said the previous conditional sailing order issued in October was “outdated” and “does not reflect the proven progress and success of industries operating in other parts of the world, nor the emergence of vaccines, and unfairly treats cruises differently.Circular lines should be treated the same as others. the travel, tourism, catering and entertainment sectors. ” – Reuters