CDC posts new guidlines: wants cruise lines to reconsider mask policies on cruise ships updates on testing, new "Gray" color code
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made several changes to its technical instructions under the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO). The updates made on August 27, 2021, cover face masks, change language reflecting that the CSO is just a recommendation in Florida, revised testing requirements, and a new color status.
The situation has now turned around with cruise lines leading the way and implementing their own protocols to keep passengers and crew safe during voyages. A lot of the CDC updates reflect on what the cruise lines have already implemented due to growing concerns about the Delta variant.
Face Mask Policies
One of the main updates is focused on face masks, where the CDC now advises that cruise lines voluntarily reconsider stricter measures on board for guests and the crew.
Some cruise lines have already implemented more restrictions on face masks due to the new variants. Carnival Cruise Line implemented its updated mask guidance from August 7, with all guests now advised to wear a face mask indoors and are required to wear a mask, “elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino.”
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