CDC to extend 'no-sail' order through October 31

   September 30, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

It looks as though the cruise ship ban - CDC 'no-sail' order- will be extended but just for a month.

Robert Redfield (CDC Director) has been overruled on extending the “no-sail order” into 2021. The no-sail order will extend through October, according to a recent report.

Redfield has argued that the severity of the pandemic and the vulnerability of cruise liners meant it would be appropriate to extend the order through February 2021 but he has been overruled by the White House.

The October 31 date matches the industry’s self-imposed ban and gives it time to put all necessary protocols in place.

According to a White House official, cruise industry representatives will meet with the Trump Administration members to discuss plans to safely resume operations. In that meeting, there would be a discussion and afterward, a decision would need to be made about whether the order needs to be extended. Those things could be extended for a month and then they could reassess the conditions on an ongoing basis.