The U.S. Travel Association, the trade group that represents all travel sectors in America, has joined the cruise industry in calling on the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift its conditional sailing order, which would allow ships to resume operations out of U.S. ports.
“The standard of evidence should be exceptionally high for rules that effectively single out certain industries as other parts of the economy are allowed to reopen. Restrictions have taken a disproportionately heavy toll on the travel industry and our millions of workers, and the rule preventing cruise operations is uniquely specific,” President and CEO Roger Dow said in a statement on March 30.
The CDC is reportedly still reviewing the next phase of its order, which was announced on Oct. 30 as part of a four-phased approach that focuses on ship lab capacity, testing, quarantining and isolating requirements.
The cruise industry, last week, reported that it hasn’t received any official guidance yet from the CDC.
And while companies can’t yet sail in U.S. waters, some cruise lines, including Crystal, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, have announced a return to service out of islands in the Caribbean, as well as Europe.
CLIA, which represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, put a statement out on March 24 requesting that ships be allowed to sail from U.S. ports by July.
“The cruise industry has adopted a high bar for resumption around the world with a multi-layered set of policies that is intended to be revised as conditions change,” said Kelly Craighead, CLIA’s President and CEO.
Adding to that, Mr. Dow said that it is “economically imperative to find the pathways to reopening, and the evidence is clear that a layered approach to health and safety allows the safe resumption of travel.”
“We join the calls to identify the way toward lifting the Conditional Sail Order and allowing the phased resumption of cruise operations as quickly as possible,” he said on Tuesday.
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