Many have wondered if the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will extend its Conditional Sailing Order beyond November 1, 2021. Well, now, the CDC has decided to extend the order into January 2022, which a voluntary program will then follow in coordination with the cruise industry.
CDC Conditional Sailing Order Extended
With the CDC extending the Conditional Sailing Order, it now means cruise lines will have to continue to follow the guidelines and requirements until January 15, 2022. However, with several cruise lines already extending their own protocols into next year, there won’t be much of a change.
The cruise ship order was updated on October 25 on the CDC’s website, which says, “CDC extended the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) with minor modifications. The CDC Director signed the Temporary Extension & Modification of the CSO on October 25, 2021; it is effective upon expiration of the current CSO on November 1, 2021.”
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There are some ways that the order could come to an end earlier than January 15, 2022. The order could be rescinded by the CDC Director, which is very unlikely. Another way the order could come to an end earlier is if the public health emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services expires.
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What Follows the Conditional Sailing Order?
We are far from the early days of the pandemic when the CDC and the cruise lines were not in agreement due to complicated requirements and guidelines. Since then, the situation has moved on a lot, with the CDC and the cruise industry working together on a safe return of operations.
This engagement and corporations will continue from January 15, 2022, with a new voluntary program. All parties included will work together to ensure that guests and crew remain protected and control the spread onboard cruise ships.
The CDC said, “After the expiration of the Temporary Extension & Modification of the CSO, CDC intends to transition to a voluntary program, in coordination with cruise ship operators and other stakeholders, to assist the cruise ship industry to detect, mitigate, and control the spread of COVID-19 onboard cruise ships.”
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