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The International Cruise Lines Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, has introduced mandatory requirements to be able to sail again.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Tier 4 voyage on Saturday, advising that “all people” should avoid cruising around the world because “the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high.” big. ”

“Cruise passengers are at increased risk of personally spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships,” the organization said on its website.

The CDC added that for passengers who may be considered at increased risk, the warning is “particularly” applicable.

“Passengers who decide to go on a cruise should be tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home for 7 days after the trip,” the CDC said. “Even if you take a negative test, stay home for 7 days.”

For passengers who are not tested, the CDC recommends staying at home for 14 days.

A similar update was released Saturday for international air travel, recommending that Americans who choose to fly out of the country be tested before and after the trip: “1-3 days before your flight” and again “3-5 days after the trip.” “. Even those who have a negative result on return must stay at home for seven days; 14 for those who are not tested.

“Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you into close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces,” the CDC said. “Social distancing is difficult in busy airports and crowded flights, and sitting 6 feet away from others, sometimes for hours, can increase the risk of getting COVID-19. Getting to and from the airport, such as by public transport and ridesharing, can also increase your chances of being exposed to the virus. ”

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The travel notice, which initially warned of cruises, was published on March 17. On October 8, the CDC introduced a Level 3 warning that advised people to “postpone the voyage” of cruise ships around the world.

On October 30, the CDC issued a “conditional sailing order” that replaced his “refusal to sail” order and allowed a phased restart of navigation in US waters. This order does not specify when passenger cruises may be restarted on vessels capable of carrying 250 or more persons and requires ships to meet certain standards and to perform activities such as test cruises.

This “conditional navigation framework” defines a path – step by step, intentional and deliberate – to the resumption of passenger services, but only when it is safe, when (the cruise industry) can provide health and when they meet the needs of crew and port passengers. communities, “said Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the Global Migration and Quarantine Division at CDC, Today.

Earlier this month, the cruise industry extended its voluntary operating break until the end of the year. But to fulfill the CDC’s “CDC conditional order,” several cruise lines, including the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, have already chosen to further expand their own sailing stops. Carnival canceled all voyages in US waters until February 2021, and Princess and Holland America canceled voyages around the world until April 2021.

At the time of announcing the order, Cetron was not ready to guess when the passenger journey would actually begin.

“I’m smart enough 10 months after this pandemic not to speculate,” he said. “It’s basically the numbers of the virus against human ingenuity.”

Although the return of the cruise does not appear to be in U.S. waters, according to the “conditional voyage,” members of Congress have called on the CDC to reinstate its “no voyage” order.

Contribution: Khan Yasharov

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