The CDC Cuts the Cruise Industry a Break!
The "Gang That Can't Jab Straight" has decided to lower the risk of cruising to Level 2.
The CDC has lowered the risk of cruising from Level 3 to Level 2. Among the recommendations on the CDC website are:
1) Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19
vaccines before cruise ship travel.
The CDC says getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants.
2) If you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, avoid cruise ship travel. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor.
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters onboard ships, and the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is moderate, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships.
Check your cruise ship's color code and vaccination status classification before traveling.
Get a COVID-19 viral test as close to the time of cruise departure as possible (no more than three days) before you travel.
See more information about testing before boarding a ship participating in CDC's COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.
During your cruise, wear a well-fitting mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when indoors (outside of your cabin) or in crowded outdoor settings.
Get tested 3–5 days after your cruise, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status. Isolate if your test is positive or you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Along with testing, if you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you should self-quarantine for a full 5 days after cruise travel.
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