CDC Director: Cruise Industry Has Stepped Up; Doesn’t Believe CSO Will be Extended

The cruise industry has stepped up, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a U.S. Senate hearing on 11JAN. “I think the Conditional Sail Order and the fact the industry has stepped up and is now interested in exceeding the compliance with the Sail Order without the order necessarily being in place is a real testimonial to how well that has worked.” she said, noting the CDC had worked collaboratively with the cruise industry. While Walensky noted that increased numbers of COVID-19 cases onboard ships are driven by the Omicron variant, it was noted that she did not believe the Conditional Sail Order will be renewed on 15JAN. The CDC hopes to shift to a voluntary program working with cruise lines to monitor COVID-19, reports Cruise Industry News.

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