The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a 40-page document outlining the guidelines for a “phased approach” for the resumption of sailing. According to USA Today, the new guidelines allow ships to resume voyages in U.S. waters beginning Sunday, November 1st. The current No Sail Order is set to expire on October 31st.
While the ships may resume sailing under the new Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, it’s believed that it will be some time before passengers are allowed onboard. Cruise lines will likely run test sailings so that new COVID-19 safety measures and CDC standards can be put into place and fleshed out by crew members.
The CDC had this to say regarding the resumption of sailing:
During the initial phases, cruise ship operators must demonstrate adherence to testing, quarantine and isolation, and social distancing requirements to protect crew members while they build the laboratory capacity needed to test crew and future passengers.
While Disney Cruise Line has not released an official statement regarding their resumption of voyages, the DIS has learned from a reliable source that DCL is ready to sail, and will hopefully resume sailings as early as mid-December.
The CDC initially wished that the No Sail Order be extended until the end of February 2021, but the White House Task Force intervened and October 31st was settled upon. And, in spite of the October 31st date, the CDC continued to recommend against sailing, stating that people should “defer travel” on cruise ships.