[ti:The Cruise Industry Accepts 2020 is Over, Looks to 2021]
[00:00.04]The vacation cruise industry has accepted
[00:04.60]it cannot restart operations this year.
[00:10.04]Major cruise lines Carnival and Norwegian
[00:14.40]recently extended a halt on cruises
[00:18.44]through the end of the year.
[00:20.48]Then, the cruise industry representative group said Tuesday
[00:27.16]that its members have agreed they would not sail for the rest of 2020.
[00:34.72]The announcement comes just days after the U.S. government
[00:39.64]effectively lifted its no-sail order,
[00:43.52]even though there is a worldwide increase in coronavirus infections.
[00:50.56]Cruise Lines International Association represents 95 percent of cruise lines,
[00:58.12]including Princess, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean.
[01:02.72]It said its members have voluntarily decided
[01:07.32]to shut down cruise operations in the U.S.
[01:11.72]through the end of the year.
[01:14.52]Members "will use the remainder of the year to prepare
[01:19.28]for...extensive measures to address COVID-19 safety"
[01:25.24]with the guidance of public health experts
[01:29.08]and the U.S. Centers for Disease
[01:31.92]Control and Prevention (CDC), the association said.
[01:36.56]On Friday, federal health officials announced new rules
[01:41.96]permiting large cruise ships to start sailing again in U.S. waters,
[01:48.60]but not immediately.
[01:51.00]The CDC will require that ship owners must test all passengers
[01:57.04]and crew at the start and end of each cruise.
[02:01.44]Only seven-day cruises will be permitted.
[02:05.96]In March, the CDC ordered cruise ships to stop sailing to the U.S.
[02:12.44]after several outbreaks showed officials
[02:15.84]that the ships were spreading COVID-19 infection.
[02:20.96]The announcement last week brings the no-sail order to an end.
[02:27.48]The cruise industry closed for business
[02:31.12]in the middle of March because of the virus.
[02:35.40]The cruise industry estimates the economy lost
[02:39.24]$25 billion in economic activity and about 164 American jobs.
[02:48.48]The CDC's new rules say that, in order to start carrying passengers,
[02:54.92]the companies must show they can test and quarantine
[02:58.96]anyone who gets the virus.
[03:01.12]Among other requirements, they will have
[03:04.28]to build testing laboratories on all ships
[03:08.24]and make their own plans to isolate
[03:10.96]or quarantine passengers at ports, if needed.
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