BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Mayor Steve Geller is asking Congress to reopen the Cruise Industry and allow operations to resume at Port Everglades.
Mayor Geller sent a letter to all Members of Congress representing Florida. (Please see attached letter.)
The letter notes his belief that the Cruise Industry can safely reopen, while adhering to the strictest safety protocols that include proof of vaccinations from customers and their crew before departure is allowed.
“A large part of the Broward and the South Florida economy, including tens of thousands of jobs rely on our Cruise Industry. Due to the fact that our adult population vaccination rate exceeds 50% (and continues to rise) and other metrics, Broward County is in the process of relaxing its COVID restrictions, including restrictions on our tourism industry,” says Mayor Geller.
Mayor Geller has continuously advocated for medical and scientific based metrics to reopen Broward, combining Broward’s needs to revive the economy with concerns for the safety of the community. Reopening cruising while at the same time requiring vaccinations for passengers and crew meets these criteria.
On April 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the next phase of technical guidance under the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) requiring cruise lines to establish agreements at ports where they intend to operate, implement routine testing of crew, and develop plans incorporating vaccination strategies to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of COVID-19 by crew and passengers.