CDC Ends COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships!
Major news and updates just announced that majorly impact the travel industry. Effective July 18th, the CDC ends COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.
The CDC Cruise Ship travel webpage announced earlier today that “new guidance for cruise ships to mitigate and manage COVID-19 transmission will be available in the coming days.”
COVID-19 Program Ends
The CDC partnered with the cruise industry, state, territorial, and local health authorities, and federal and seaport partners to create the program.
The goal was to provide a safer and healthier environment for cruise passengers and crew.
The program is officially ending as Cruise ships can now access resources and tools to manage their own COVID-19 mitigation programs.
Also ending is the CDC color-coding system for denoting Covid-19 cases aboard cruise ships.
According to the CDC, this system “depended upon each cruise line having the same Covid-19 screening testing standards, which may now vary among cruise lines. Therefore, the cruise ship color status webpage has been retired.”
The CDC continues to provide testing recommendations for cruise ship operators as it maneuvers through the pandemic.
Cruise guests can reach out to the cruise line directly with questions about outbreaks, procedures, and health and safety concerning their ship.
Cruise Line International Association
The CLIA approves of the decision to end the program and will be reviewing the upcoming CDC guidelines.
The CLIA announced earlier that “The sunsetting of the CDC program is a testament to the effectiveness of the industry’s comprehensive and robust protocols.”
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Article Source: Travel Weekly
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