Washington (KINY) - U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and other lawmakers have introduced the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements Act, which would revoke the CDC's current “Conditional Sailing Order” on cruises.
The measure would also require the CDC to provide COVID-19 mitigation guidance for cruise lines to resume safe operations.
“Unlike the airlines, rail, and other modes of transportation, and all other sectors of the hospitality industry for that matter, the cruise lines have been denied clear direction from the CDC on how to resume operations. As a result, potential cruises this summer, when the President said the country will be able to return to normal with more and more Americans getting vaccinated, have been left adrift,” Senator Sullivan said.
Representative Don Young and María Elvira Salazar of Florida plan to introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
The Act would establish an interagency working group that would provide recommendations to begin the resumption of passenger cruise ship operations no later than July 4th of this year.
After the July 4th Deadline CDC would be required to revoke the Framework for Conditional Sailing.