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U.S. agency plans to lift cruise ban from November

by YCPress

October 31. According to the US “World Journal” report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on October 30 that the eight-month cruise ban will be lifted from November, and the Replaced by “Conditional Sailing Order”.

CDC Director Redfield said that starting from November 1, the cruise group will only need to comply with the conditional navigation instructions including a series of pandemic prevention measures before it can sail again. 

Relevant measures include the need to conduct tests on passengers and crew on board, limit the number of passengers, wear masks and maintain social distancing.

However, reports say that passenger boarding will not be opened immediately, and cruise tourism will not rebound in a short period of time. 

According to the new directive issued by the CDC, companies must prove that they can sail with the crew safely in order to obtain certification. To this end, they need to conduct multiple simulated voyages, with volunteers or crews playing the role of passengers.

The cruise ban issued in March 2020 was originally intended to be extended to February 2021, but it was strongly opposed by the White House to avoid further damage to Florida’s powerful tourism industry. 

Florida may be one of the key swing states that determine the outcome of the US presidential election.