On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that people who are at high risk of contracting covid easily such as people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, etc should avoid traveling through cruises, irrespective of their vaccination status.
The updated guidance also recommends the people not travel through cruises if they are not fully vaccinated.
CDC Suggests Travelers- Covid Complications Avoid Cruises
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, several coronavirus cases have been reported in cruise ships hence the CDC has advised people not to travel through cruise if there are not fully vaccinated.
In addition, although the cruise agencies have not officially announced mask mandates unlike the planes, trains, and other public transportation, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has advised the cruise passengers to wear a shield or mask to cover their face in public spaces.
The CDC said in its updated guidance, “the virus that causes covid19 can easily spread among the people in close quarters in the ships, and the chances of contracting covid-19 are high on cruise ships.
The cruise agency advised all its travelers to get themselves tested 1 to 3 days prior to their travel and 3 to 5 days after the travel, irrespective of their vaccination status.
Further, it stated the people who travel to cruise should also quarantine themselves for seven days after returning, even if they test negative for coronavirus.
After the Belize Tourism Board announced that 27 people in a Carnival cruise tested positive for Covid the new guidance was announced within a week
The CDC has been enforcing strict guidelines to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Due to several outbreaks aboard ships, the cruise industry was shut down at the beginning of the pandemic.
One Of the three cruise operators, Royal Caribbean is the first cruise that has returned to continue its operations and has had reported only a few cases aboard ships, CEO and Chairman Richard Fain said it was their aim to reduce the chances of spreading the infection.
Royal Caribbean and Carnival are allowing some unvaccinated passengers aboard ships, but Norwegian has made it mandatory for the passengers to get vaccinated to travel.
Norwegian even filed a case against the Florida surgeon general to stop the ban on the mask mandate as it could lead to the rapid spread of the virus and also prevented businesses from asking the customers to show proof of Covid vaccination.
Florida has filed an appeal as the cruise operator was granted a temporary halt on the enforcement of the law.
The new guidance is particularly for people with certain medical conditions and pregnant and recently pregnant women and also aged people.
The agency announced that people who were not fully vaccinated should not travel on cruise ships.
In the past few months the COVID-19 outbreaks on the cruise have rapidly increased, despite the agencies are adopting various measures such as testing and vaccination among cruise lines.
According to the Belize Tourism Board, On Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista ship, 26 out of 27 people who traveled through the cruise tested positive for COVID-19 Last week. Almost more than 99% of crew members were vaccinated and 96.5% of passengers were vaccinated on the ship.