The US government is reportedly set to overrule the boss of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and instruct the CDC extend its "no-sail order" through to the end of October.
The move would align the CDC’s order with cruise sector’s self-imposed suspension, which has been led by Clia.
However, it would fall short of CDC director Robert Redfield’s hopes to extend the order into 2021 due to the ongoing threat posed by Covid-19 and its propensity to spread onboard cruise ships.
Citing two sources close to White House conversations held on Tuesday (29 September), Axios reports the Trump administration will push for the order, which expires on Wednesday (30 September), to be extended by a month to 31 October.
The outlet added further discussions with the cruise sector are due to be held later this week.
USA Today carried a similar report on Tuesday, citing "a person familiar with the situation".
The CDC has not commented on the situation, nor has it issued any new guidance on its website.
TTG has approached Clia for comment.