Although the CDC has allowed for cruises to start operating again, the actual sailing will not be commenced until operation requirements are met.
“The initial phases will consist of testing and additional safeguards for crew members. CDC will ensure cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety protections for crew members while these cruise ship operators build the laboratory capacity needed to test future passengers,” the order read.
“This order additionally announces requirements for the initial phase relating to crew testing,” the order stated. The CDC believes that doing laboratory testing is important before passenger operations can begin again.
The new order will be effective as soon as it is signed, and will be in effect until Nov. 1, 2021 unless circumstances change.
“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,” Redfield said.
The new order overrides a previous no sail order that was issued on March 14, when the director of the CDC believed that there was considerable risk in resuming operations.