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CDC drops 12-hour separation mandate in cruise terminal guidance

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a small but significant change in its latest guidelines for port-cruise line user agreements.

Originally, CDC said terminal procedures must avoid congregating embarking and disembarking travelers and ensure they don't occupy the same enclosed or semi-enclosed areas, such as gangways, terminal waiting spaces and check-in areas, within the same 12-hour period, while also ensuring that passengers from different ships don't occupy those areas in the same 12-hour period.

Instead, 'to the extent practicable'

In a new checklist for port and local health operators, CDC replaced the 'within the same 12-hour period' phrase in both references with 'to the extent practicable.'

This applies to the 'Phase 2A' guidance issued April 2

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