CDC Adjusts Mask Rules. Buffets Still Banned
Even fully vaccinated cruises must follow very strict guidelines.
Late yesterday the CDC issued revised guidelines for mask wearing and shore excursions for the cruise industry to figure out. The CDC amended their sometimes confusing and conflicting mask rules as follows, "cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that, if they are fully vaccinated, they may gather or conduct activities outdoors, including engaging in extended meal service or beverage consumption, without wearing a mask except in crowded settings."
In addition, "Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that, if they are fully vaccinated, they may engage in self-guided or independent exploration during port stops, if they wear a mask while indoors. The cruise ship operator is additionally advised that foreign jurisdictions may have their own requirements," said the guidelines. Some rules, still in place, are the banning of buffets (even on fully vaccinated cruises) and this beauty: Travelers should not wear a mask when doing activities that may get the mask wet, like swimming at the beach or in recreational water facilities.
A wet mask can make it difficult to breathe and may not work as well when wet. This means it is particularly important for bathers to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet or 2 meters when in the water with others who are not traveling companions or part of the same family.