Cruise could resume in mid-summer in U.S. waters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Wednesday in a letter to the US Navigation Industry today.
“We acknowledge that navigation will never be a zero-risk operation; the CSO’s phased approach is to resume pilot operations to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission between cruise ship և port communities,” said Aime Trefileti. The letter reads as part of the COVID-19 Global Mitigation Working Group of the CDC COVID-19 Marine Response Unit.
Announcing the letter, spokeswoman Caitlin Shock gave the US TODAY a clearer timetable. Cruises could start flights from the United States in mid-July, depending on the speed of the cruise lines and the CDC’s Conventional Navigation Framework.
“The CDC looks forward to continuing to work with industry and calls on cruise lines to submit Phase 2A Port Agreements as soon as possible to meet the timetable for mid-July,” Shock said.
A source close to the situation, who is not authorized to record, told the US TODAY that the industry is cautiously optimistic after receiving the letter from the CDC, more than a year after sailing in the US due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The letter came twice a week, meeting with representatives of the cruise industry. During those meetings, the industry և health agency discussed the procedure of conventional navigation.
Although the CDC has set a possible date for the resumption of voyages from US ports this summer, this does not mean that navigation restrictions have been lifted. The CDC has offered clarification of its guidelines based on industry feedback և and still expects the cruise lines to meet its requirements before resumption of navigation.
Based on industry feedback, the CDC based its five additional clarifications on its April 2 guide to allowing the resumption of navigation.
Ships may bypass the required piloted pilot voyages և hop on paid ships if 98% of the crew 95 95% of the passengers are fully vaccinated.
The CDC will review and respond to cruise line requests for simulation travel within 5 days, which was previously expected to take 60 days.
The CDC will update its testing: quarantine requirements for shipwrecked և staff who pay for passengers to meet fully vaccinated CDC guidelines. So, for example, instead of having a PCR lab test before getting vaccinated, we can quickly get an antigen test after getting up.
The CDC clarified that navigating vessels could not sign a single port port agreement, but only all port and local authorities would sign the agreement.
The CDC has clarified guidelines for accompanying quarantine guidelines that may be subject to COVID-19 or subject to a contract. For example, local travelers may be able to drive home, and air travelers may be quarantined at the hotel.
The United States today contacted the International Cruise Lines Association, a leading industry trade group, for comment.
Should you resume navigation in the United States under pressure from all sides?
Over the past month or so, the CDC has come under increasing pressure from many quarters to restart or shut down.
In late March, the navigation industry demanded that the CDC abolish its conventional navigation policy, considering the agency’s restrictions “outdated.” Other members of the Travel industry also expressed their support for a speedy return to navigation.
And politicians have also struggled with the issue. Some lawmakers have argued that the CDC should allow navigation to resume, while others have asked the agency to continue suspending navigation due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
In a letter sent earlier this month, Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., And Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., Urges CDC Valensky to maintain current navigation restrictions.
Their letter appeared in the lawsuit filed against Florida by the CDC in Alaska կողմից by Republican sensors proposed by the new legislation. Rick Scott from Florida և Marco Rubio Դ Dan Sullivan from Alaska, who aim to lift restrictions on sea travel by the CDP. to buy ships that sail until July.
At a White House news conference on April 9, US Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigig also considered the slow resumption of the navigation industry, saying he knew the CDC was “reassuring” that navigation lines could be navigated by midnight.
“Well, the end is security,” he said. “The planes have one security profile. Cruise ships have another, vehicles have another. And everyone should be treated based on what is safe for that sector. “
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This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY. CDC to the Navigation Industry. US voyages may resume in July