Today (April 13, 2021), Senators Rick Scott (Florida), Dan Sullivan (Alaska) and Marco Rubio (Florida) introduced the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) Act. This ACT would revoke the CDC’s current No Sail Order on cruises. Additionally, it would require the CDC to provide COVID-19 mitigation guidance for cruise lines to resume safe domestic operations. Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar is leading this legislation in the House of Representatives.
The CRUISE Act:
- Requires the CDC to issue recommendations for how to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 to passengers and crew onboard cruise ships.
- Establishes an interagency “Working Group” that will develop recommendations to facilitate the resumption of passenger cruise ship operations in the United States. The recommendations will facilitate the resumption of passenger cruise ship operations in the United States no later than July 4, 2021.
- No later than July 4, 2021, the CDC must revoke the order entitled “Framework for Conditional Sailing and Initial Phase COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Protection of Crew.”
- Ensures that HHS and CDC retain all appropriate authorities to make and enforce regulations necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases on any individual cruise ship.
You can read the full Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) Act here.
Sens. Rick Scott, Dan Sullivan, Marco Rubio Introduce CRUISE Act to Resume Cruise Line Operations
In March, Senator Scott sent a letter to Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID Response Coordinator. This letter urged the Biden Administration to immediately issue clear guidance for the resumption of operations for the cruise industry. The CDC still has not responded or provided the industry with a timeline of when they can begin sailing. Senator Scott also introduced the Set Sail Safely Act last year, which would establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with a Private Sector Advisory Committee, to address the health, safety, security, and logistical changes needed to allow for cruise lines and ports to resume operations.
Furthermore, the full press release from the Senators, Congresswoman, and a few other stakeholders
Previously, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable meeting with the heads of multiple cruise lines. Since this meeting a lawsuit has been filed against the Government as a push to return cruising to the U.S.
Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) Act Introduced in Washington DC to Resume Cruise Line Operations was originally published on April 13, 2021 at 06:57PM by Scott Sanders from Disney Cruise Line Blog. Far Beyond Infinity Travel Blog takes no responsibility for errors in syndicated content.