The U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked consideration of a waiver that would have allowed foreign-flagged cruise ships to visit Alaska ports this summer.
The federal government held its ground on Wednesday against calls to roll back restrictions on cruise ship sailings.
Economist Mouhcine Guettabi says the tourism industry will eventually recover, and it’s important to help businesses survive to see that happen.
Sitka dock owner Chris McGraw said there could be over 40 days in the summer of 2022 with over 5,000 cruise passengers in town.
As coronavirus cases rise in Alaska and the rest of the U.S., there’s still skepticism locally that cruises will be able to return in the midst of a pandemic.
Congressman Don Young said he thinks the state should be the one deciding whether or not the mine goes forward.
News outlet Axios reports that the CDC pushed to extend an order barring large cruise ships from sailing from U.S. ports, but the agency was overruled by Vice President Mike Pence.