Royal Caribbean chief Richard Fain has described the rising Covid-19 infection rate in the US as “incredibly embarrassing” and urged his fellow citizens to wear a face covering.
Almost 70,000 new coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday (22 July) as America creeps closure to recording four million cases.
In his latest video update to trade partners, Fain, chair and chief executive of the cruise giant, said there was “simply no excuse” for the US “to do worse than almost all the developed countries in the world” when it came to getting Covid-19 under control.
“And yet chart after chart that’s what is happening,” he lamented.
“One could understand the early confusion in February and March but today that excuse doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.”
He also spoke of his frustrations at those who refused to wear masks in public.
Meanwhile, Fain offered an update on the work of the line’s Healthy Sail Panel, formed in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and tasked with creating new health and hygiene policies to enable the cruise industry’s safe return to operations.
“They’re really going into depth on every topic – whether that’s the air conditioning system, or the practicalities of social distancing, or even the utensils used in a buffet setting.