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CDC extends no-sail order on cruise ships to Sept. 30 due to COVID-19

2020-07-19

A no-sail order barring cruise ship travel in U.S. waters due to coronavirus was extended into the fall on Thursday, the latest wave of bad news for the foundering cruise industry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the extension in a 20-page document, which banned cruises through Sept. 30, pending changes to broader public health policy.

"The current scientific evidence suggests that cruise ships pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission than other settings," said the order, which was signed by CDC Director Robert Redfield.

In April, the CDC extended the coronavirus ban on cruising by three months. The Thursday update tacked another two months on the moratorium.

The danger of cruising during the pandemic was underscored in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, when the Diamond Princess was discovered to carry 700 infected people onboard.