The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for cruise ships through October 31, 2020. This order continues to suspend passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
“The CDC’s short-term extension of the federal no sail order is appropriate while we work with state and federal officials to implement safeguards to resume cruising out of Florida ports,” said Doug Wheeler, President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “However, the economic impact of cruise closures for our state is extensive, with job losses and tax revenues down in many port communities this year. The Florida Ports Council continues to advocate for Congressional funding to support Florida’s seaports, which are critical to the flow of goods and services in our state, across the nation and the globe.”
The Florida Ports Council recently released an economic impact analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on the state’s seaports. See the analysis here.