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Greg Hunt said the COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable risk

Australia’s cruise ship suspension extended by three months

Australia extended its human biosecurity emergency period, involving the suspension of cruise ships and overseas travel restrictions, by an additional three months.

December 17 deadline

The emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015, which has been in place since March 18, will now be in place until December 17.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the extension follows specialist medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

‘Unacceptable’ risk

Hunt said the AHPPC has advised that the international and domestic COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable health risk.

The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19 and protect the health of all Australians.

CLIA support

Cruise Lines International Association Australasia MD Joel Katz said CLIA acknowledges the Australian government’s extended cruise ship suspension and welcomes its commitment to continued engagement with the industry.

‘CLIA sees opportunity for a controlled and phased resumption of local cruise operations in Australia, with strict and enhanced health protocols in place,’ Katz said. 

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