In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the extension of a No Sail Order for cruise ships through October 31, 2020.
To remind, this order continues to suspend passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
Cumulative surveillance data reported to CDC from March 1 through September 29, 2020, shows at least 3,689 COVID-19 or COVID-like illness cases on cruise ships in U.S. waters, in addition to at least 41 reported deaths. We recognize these numbers are likely incomplete and an underestimate.
For the records, the challenges described in the No Sail Order highlight the need for further action before cruise ships can safely resume passenger operations in the United States.
What is more, this order will remain into effect until the earliest of:
- The expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency.
- The CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order based on specific public health or other considerations, or
October 31, 2020.
Overall, following the pandemic crisis, CDC will continue to update its guidance and recommendations to specify basic safety standards and public health interventions based on the best scientific evidence available.