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CDC Lifts Mask Rules for Vaccinated Cruisers

New rules and suggestions starting to make sense.

This past Wednesday, the CDC issued newly updated guidelines for vaccinated passengers on a cruise ship. Included in this update was the CDC's decision that the cruise lines can designate specific areas and activities for vaccinated passengers only.


Some of the other decisions by the CDC include: 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. Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise crew, who are fully vaccinated, that they do not have to wear a mask or maintain physical distance in areas of the ship that are inaccessible to passengers. Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may designate areas as only accessible to fully vaccinated passengers and crew where masks and physical distancing are not required. These areas could include casinos, bars, spas, entertainment venues, and dining areas, including self-serve buffets.

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