New US guidelines to allow cruise ships to return to sea

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New US guidelines to allow cruise ships to return to sea
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The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines to allow cruise ships to return to sea.

IT’S “no sail” order for passenger cruise ships has been lifted and replaced with a “conditional sailing order”.

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This requires the cruise line industry to put certain safety procedures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 among passengers and local communities.

“CDC is working to control Covid-19 on cruise ships and prevent further spread of the virus. CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order requires increased testing capacity and other safeguards before passenger operations resume,” said CDC.


CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said the framework “provides a pathway to resume safe and responsible sailing”.

He added that it will “mitigate the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks on ships and prevent passengers and crew from seeding outbreaks at ports and in the communities where they live”.

Cruise ship operators must build laboratories onboard each liner robust enough to test crew and passengers.

Each vessel will also have to use and update a colour-coded system to indicate the ship’s status and update procedures for surveillance of coronavirus on board.


 

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