U.S. CDC Extends No-Sail Orders, Possibly Cancelling Sailings Until Mid-JUL
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Port Everglades, Florida.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended on 9APR its No Sail Order for cruise ships sailing in U.S. territorial waters by 100 days, to 19JUL.
The order stays in effect unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services declares the COVID-19 public health emergency over, or the CDC rescinds or modifies the order.
The order effectively bans cruise ship operations in light of the COVID-19 epidemic until the earliest of any of three conditions is met:
If the Secretary of Health and Human Services declares that the COVID-19 public health emergency has expired;
If the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order, based on public health or other considerations;
100 days from the date of publication (9APR) of the order in the Federal Register.
According to a cruise executive speaking to Cruise Week, the order does "not necessarily" mean that sailings are postponed until JUL. "If you read the CDC order closely, you'll see that there are several options. Those include options that could allow us to return to service sooner," said the exec.
"Therefore, it may not be that we all have to assume that the July date is written in stone. We have to prepare for it that way, but it could be sooner, it could be later.
"But because the federal order indicates a range of options, and that is what the industry needs to prepare for. So I don't know if the industry would immediately go to a July cancellation date. It may be that we keep rolling [dates] as we have so far."
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.