Center for Disease Control (CDC) Extends “No Sail Order”

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 28, 2020 (St. Kitts Tourism Authority): As a follow up to the Stakeholder Meeting that was held on Friday 13th March 2020, please note that the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) has advised that the Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has extended the “No Sail Order” for cruise vessels.

The Order requires for cruise lines to submit plans to the CDC for immediate implementation regarding vessels with a capacity to carry more than 250 cruise passengers, passengers and crews on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and overnight accommodations.

The two main highlights of the order are as follows:

  • The Order requires the establishment of processes for ship captains and medical resources to identify with confidence whether or not ships have cases of COVID-19 onboard; detailed quarantine and isolation procedures; and the ability to supplement on board capability with external resources if needed, among other requirements.
  • The Order will remain in effect until either (1) the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration of a Public Health Emergency, (2) the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the Order based on public health or other considerations, or (3) 100 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
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