US cruise industry prospects sink further as CDC extends No Sail order
Published on Friday, April 10, 2020
The nightmare start to 2020 for cruise lines just got even worse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ‘No Sail’ order was extended for 100 days, effectively nixing all sailings until July.
If effects all cruise ships at US ports.
There are currently about 100 idle cruise ships in ports and around US territorial waters which must stay idle.
These ships have nearly 80,000 crew members aboard, with up to 20 ships housing crew diagnosed with or suspected of having coronavirus.
The ‘No Sail’ order will stay in place for 100 days or until the Department of Health and Human Services deems covid-19 is no longer a public health emergency.
“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,” the CDC said.
All cruise ship operations were suspended in mid-March after a couple of highly damaging outbreaks aboard Carnival Corp owned ships
The CDC requires the cruise industry to submit a plan of action to further mitigate the spread of covid-19 aboard ships to both the CDC and the U.S. Coast Guard.
It wants defined plans on how cruise lines will handle new outbreaks with ‘limited reliance on state, local, and federal government support.’