Senator Murkowski at the HELP committee hearing
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – U.S. Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski sought and received assurances from the Centers for Disease Control during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Health, Education and Pensions hearing Tuesday that restrictions on cruise ships will be lifted by the agency.
Murkowski told director Rochelle Walensky that industry and businesses and communities in Alaska that depend on tourism brought by cruise ships want to be assured of a 2022 season.
The senator asked Walensky to confirm that the conditional veil order put in place in response to the COVID pandemic will expire as scheduled on January 15 due to industry compliance and safety protocols.
Walensky responded by saying the order would not be renewed and thanked the industry for going beyond the sailing order, although she also said she couldn’t predict what the summer would bring. .
Last year, Senator Murkowski introduced and secured passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, which allowed large cruise ships to return to Alaska for the 2021 season.