The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its No Sail Order guidelines. According to the CDC, the No Sail Order will be in place until at least November 1 of this year. Frustration with this order has led to Florida filing a lawsuit against the CDC. Now, Florida’s U.S. Senators Rick Scott & Marco Rubio have introduced legislation to override the CDC’s cruise regulations.
The Florida U.S. Senators are joined by Alaska U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan in backing the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements, or CRUISE Act. This bill would require the CDC to revoke their existing framework by July 4, which requires cruise companies to secure agreements with ports and local health authorities in the cities they plan to visit.
The CRUISE Act would instead establish an inter-agency “working group” composed of the secretaries of Transportation, Homeland Security and Commerce along with industry representatives to develop a new set of CDC cruise ship recommendations by July 4.
“Floridians and many other Americans who are employed by ports, cruise operators, or work in hospitality jobs near cruise terminals face an uncertain future because of the CDC’s unresponsiveness to requests for guidance by stakeholder groups,” Rubio said in a statement. “I am proud to join Senators Sullivan and Scott in introducing legislation that would require the CDC to provide guidance to safely resume operations this summer, and allow Florida’s economy to recover even further.”
We aren’t sure if this bill will have enough support to pass, but we are hopeful that cruises can resume sailing safely soon!
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