Cruise Ships: US Extends 'No Sail' Ban Indefinitely

Cruise Ships: US Extends 'No Sail' Ban Indefinitely

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday reported 427,460 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 32,449 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,942 to 14,696. The new order extends a prior one from March, which applied only to cruise lines that did not voluntarily halt operations, and expands it to cover all cruise lines.

Back in late February, when the U.S. thought it had sealed itself off from the coronavirus, a Chicago resident with mild respiratory symptoms went to pay his respects at a funeral as a friend of the family.

The order will stay in impact till one of many following three occasions takes place: the Secretary of Health and Human Services now not declares COVID-19 a public well being emergency; the CDC rescinds its "No Sail" order; or 100 days elapses with no additional extension of the order. The document was not available in the Federal Register as of Friday morning.

"What the CDC has done is that we've really looked at the essential workforce, and how to maintain that workforce, particularly at this time as we begin to get ready to reopen, and have confidence in bringing our workforces back to work", said the CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield. The agency said there are now about 100 cruise ships at sea off the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast.

Four elderly passengers had already died before the cruise ships arrived, and the medical examiner said earlier this week that three of those men tested positive for COVID-19.

This order ceases operations of cruise ships in waters in which the United States may exert jurisdiction and requires that they develop a comprehensive, detailed operational plan approved by CDC and the USCG to address the COVID-19 pandemic through maritime focused solutions, including a fully implementable response plan with limited reliance on state, local, and federal government support.

In a statement, CLIA said that the proposals it has submitted have been "far reaching" and the order will cost the USA economy $51 billion if it lasts for one year. "What is different about the cruise industry is our reporting requirements".

"A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19", the CDC said. We are evaluating those recommendations and continuing our discussions with industry and government officials.

On March 13, the Cruise Lines International Association, which has over 50 members, announced ocean-going cruise lines would temporarily suspend operations from USA ports of call for 30 days as US officials address the coronavirus outbreak.

An association spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The new order details conditions that have to be met before cruises may resume. Analysts told Business Insider that while the cruise industry would eventually rebound, it was hard to predict when.

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