Orlando, F.L. – The US Coast Guard has given orders to cruise lines that they must be prepared to remain at sea “indefinitely. The orders come amid the coronavirus outbreak concerns. If they have sick or dead passengers from coronavirus, they must remain at sea and prepare to send those sick to the country of the ships registry. In the orders signed on 3/29, any vessel carrying more than 50 passengers would fall under the new rules.
The new guidelines come as south Florida medical facilities are strapped for space equipment. Americans have been warned by the CDC to refrain from cruise travel. Even amid the warnings, Carnival Cruise Lines has shared it still has over 6,000 guests at sea. All ships will be required to report the amount of sick and dead each day or face penalties under the order.
Currently, the United States has just under 190,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been over 4,000 deaths and leaders have been warning that the worst is yet to come. Stay tuned to The Liberty Loft for all the latest news and information.
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