The Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are finalizing new restrictions that are expected to keep cruise ship passengers and crew arriving in the US from boarding domestic commercial flights, according to a person briefed on the matter and an administration official.
The restrictions would apply even to people not showing symptoms and also would require 14-day quarantines for cruise passengers and crew.
While officials are working on the new protocols, they have not been finalized, according to the sources. The administration official said these new protocols would likely be agreements between cruise ship companies and the government, requiring that they be followed in order for these ships to dock at specific ports.
That official added that there could be a range of exceptions and specific circumstances that would divert from the new protocols, specifically as it relates to foreigners on the ships.
This comes after hundreds of arriving Holland America Line cruise passengers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last week were allowed to fly on commercial airliners, raising concerns from other fliers.
The CDC and Florida officials said disembarking passengers were screened before being allowed to leave ports of entry. Sick passengers remained in Florida.