- CDC’s has downgraded its cruise ship travel warning from “very high” to “high”.
- The CDC raised its warning on cruise travel to its highest level on 31 December.
- COVID-19 cases in the United States have fallen by about 85% from a peak in January.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lowered its cruise ship travel warning from its highest level following a drop in COVID-19 cases.
The relief comes about seven weeks later The CDC raised its travel warning for cruises to the highest level as cases increased on ships during an increase in the Omicron variant of coronavirus. At the time, the CDC advised travelers to avoid cruises, regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC’s travel warning for cruise ships is now at level 3, indicating “high” levels of COVID-19 on board ships, according to guidance updated Tuesday. This is a drop from previous “very high” levels.
In January became The CDC said all U.S. cruises at sea hosted confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases on board.
The CDC still recommends that people get vaccinated before going on a cruise, and advises travelers to wear well-fitting face masks indoors and in crowded outdoor areas.
“If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid cruise ship travel,” the CDC said.
Cruise Lines International Association called the move to lower the warning level “a step in the right direction,” according to a Tuesday press release.
The downgrade of the CDC’s travel warning for cruise ships comes amid a drop in COVID-19 cases. According to CDC data, The United States reported 203,533 cases on Monday – a drop of about 85% from a recent high of 1.34 million new cases on January 10.