Murkowski seeks assurances from CDC Director on cruise ship conditional sail order

    Senator Murkowski during HELP Committee Hearing

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska United States Senator Lisa Murkowski sought and gained assurances from the Centers for Disease Control during Tuesday's hearing of the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee that cruise ship restrictions will be lifted by the agency.

    Murkowski told Director Rochelle Walensky that the industry and Alaskan businesses and communities that rely on the tourism that cruise ships bring want assurances on having a 2022 season.

    The senator asked Walensky for confirmation that the conditional sail order put in place in response to the COVID pandemic will expire as scheduled on January 15 due to the industry's compliance and safety protocols.

    Walensky responded by saying the order will not be renewed and gave credit to the industry for exceeding compliance with the sailing order although she also said she can't predict what the summer will bring.

    Senator Murkowski last year introduced and won passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act which allowed large cruise ships to return to Alaska for the 2021 season.

     

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