CDC “engaged” in the US cruise industry to resume operations by mid-summer
WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “committed” to the resumption of passenger operations in the United States cruise industry by mid-July. summer, he said on Wednesday, announcing new measures for speed approvals.
The insurance comes after the State of Alaska joined Florida’s April 8 lawsuit last week to overturn a CDC decision to ban the U.S. cruise industry from immediately resuming operations interrupted during a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“If a ship certifies that 98% of its crew and 95% of its passengers are fully vaccinated,” the agency said in a letter to the cruise industry made public, that ship can skip simulated trips and go straight to open water navigation.
The CDC also said it would respond to requests for simulated travel within five days, against an expected 60-day deadline.
He added that he would update testing and quarantine requirements for passengers and crew to align with his guidelines for fully vaccinated people, among other clarifications.
The cruise industry did not immediately comment, but the CDC letter said the mid-summer schedule contemplates complying with a conditional sailing order issued this month that “aligns with announced targets by many major cruise lines “. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)