Media reports are claiming that The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will extend its No Sail Order to Oct. 31, 2020.
The CDC extended its No Sail Order in mid-July, barring the operation of U.S.-based ocean-going ships through to Sept. 30.
News outlet Axios originally reported on Sept. 29 that the CDC and the White House reached agreement on the Oct. 31 date.
USA Today has run a story with a similar claim, speaking to a person familiar with the situation (but who was not authorized to speak about it.)
The story claims that the CDC originally wanted to extend the order through to February 15, 2021, but that the White House overruled it.
The news comes after CLIA, on Aug 5, announced that its ocean-going cruise line members agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise operations until at least Oct. 31.
According to CLIA’s most recent Economic Impact Study, cruise activity in the United States supports nearly half a million (421,000) American jobs and generates $53 billion annually in economic activity throughout the country.
The CDC has yet to make an official announcement on its website about the one-month extension.
For more information about the cruise industry’s response to COVID-19, visit the CLIA COVID-19 Resource Page.
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