Source: Royal Caribbean
The U.S. Government has barred Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise liners from sailing for at least three months as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow.
In an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise ships may be barred from sailing in U.S. waters until July. That time period could be adjusted once the CDC determines COVID-19 is no longer a risk to public health.
The CDC is also requiring cruise companies to create plans on how they intend to stop the spread of COVID-19 onboard their ships.
According to Business Insider, the order from the CDC also prevents cruise liners from letting passengers or crew members exit their ship at U.S. ports without permission from the coast guard.
“We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield in a media release announcing the No Sail Order. “The measures we are taking today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide critical public health guidance to the industry to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on its workforce throughout the remainder of this pandemic.”