USA bans cruise operations for a further 100 days

The United States of America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended has announced a “No Sail Order” for all cruise ships by at least 100 days — or until Covid-19 is no longer considered a public health emergency.

The CDC said there are 100 cruise ships at sea off United States coasts, with 80,000 crew members still on board. Twenty ships at port or offshore in the USA have known or suspected Covid-19 among crew, according to the agency’s statement Thursday.

The cruise lines suspended operations in mid-March after a series of coronavirus outbreaks raised questions about the safety of cruising.

A spokesperson for the CDC said: “We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry.”

“The measures we are taking today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide critical public health guidance to the industry to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on its workforce throughout the remainder of this pandemic.”

Commenting, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean International said: “We are aware of the CDC order and are studying how best to respond to its provisions. Our global sailings are currently suspended through May 11, 2020.”

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