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CDC Order to Require Passengers to Wear Masks on Ships

CDC Order to Require Passengers to Wear Masks on Ships”

When the cruise industry restarts in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to be requiring all passengers to wear masks, via a new order that goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 1.

The CDC order says airlines and other transit modes may require medical documentation and consultation by a medical specialist as well as requiring a negative COVID-19 test from a passenger in order to board a plane or other mode of transportation.

The CDC order takes effect Monday. "Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across our nation and the world, when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, the risk of interstate and global transmission can grow quickly".

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"Therefore, requiring masks will help us control this pandemic and aid in reopening America's economy".

Federal agencies must submit plans no later than Friday to enforce a separate Biden order requiring masks in all federal building and on all federal lands. The CDC said it would rely on "widespread voluntary compliance", and failure to do so constitutes a violation of federal law, the order said. The masks can either be commercially made or homemade, and passengers will be allowed to take them off in some situations, such as when they're eating, drinking, or taking meds.

The United States has the world's worst Covid-19 statistics, but the numbers of cases and hospitalizations have declined for the past two weeks, with some experts partly crediting improved adherence to masking and social-distancing measures. The president also mandated masks on federal property. He has said consistent mask-wearing could save 50,000 American lives by April.

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