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"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" has extended indefinitely a "no sail order" for all cruise ships.

Although no passengers have boarded cruise ships since the industry halted operations in mid-March, according to the CDC there are still 114 ships in the waters off United States coasts, with 93,000 crew on board, either non-essential crew trapped on board due to travel restrictions or essential crew keeping the ships maintained in "hot lay-ups" ready to start cruising again at short notice. reported that the order applies to all ships in the water in which the United State may exert jurisdiction.

The CDC new order says that cruise ships have to cease operations for up to 100 days, or the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency, or if the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order. The cruise lines must not rely on the government and implement their own support measures.

No ships will be allowed to disembark passengers or crew unless directed by the Coast Guard and under the guidance of the CDC and federal, state and local officials.

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Currently, there are about 100 cruise ships - with about 80,000 crew onboard - at sea off the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast, which will be affected by the order.

On March 13, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), whose members comprise more than 95 percent of the global cruise capacity, voluntarily suspended cruise ship operations from USA ports for 30 days.

The CDC noted that at least 20 cruise ships at port or anchored in US waters have known or suspected cases of the CCP virus among the crew who remain onboard.

Since then, at least 10 cruise liners have docked in American ports with crew members and passengers who have tested positive for the coronavirus or showed symptoms of the illness, the news outlet reported. There are also 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the US with known or potential COVID 19 cases among the crew members.

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