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US Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings Through Remainder of 2020

United States’ cruise lines have officially canceled sailings through at least the end of this year because of new safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 crisis and the rise of infections all over the country.

United States’ cruise lines have officially canceled sailings through at least the end of this year because of new safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 crisis and the rise of infections all over the country.

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new framework for resuming sailings. The agency technically lifted a ban on sailings to and from American ports, but it raised concerns about the safety of resuming sailings while cases of COVID-19 increase all around the world.

“Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel facilitates and amplifies transmission of Covid-19 — even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities — and would likely spread the disease into US communities if passenger operations were to resume in the United States without public health oversight,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

“Our members are 100% committed to helping to protect the health of our guests, our crew and the communities we serve, and are prepared to implement multiple layers of protocols informed by the latest scientific and medical knowledge. We will continue to evolve our approach as circumstances evolve. The economic consequences of the ongoing suspension of service are felt in communities across the United States and with hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, we are committed to resume sailing in a responsible manner that keeps public health in the forefront,” the Cruise Lines International Association said in a separate statement.

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