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Port Statement on President Biden Signing the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act

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May 24, 2021

The Port of Seattle thanks President Biden and the efforts of the Washington congressional delegation in providing a temporary waiver to the Passenger Vessel Services Act, enabling cruise vessels to serve the Alaska market this summer. We have been working with Cruise lines, CDC, the Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health Seattle-King County on Port Agreements, which will outline protocols that will protect public safety during cruise operations. These agreements will cover things that both prevent the spread of COVID, as well as outlining response if there are COVID cases. Cruise lines will need to have agreements in place with local providers for both treatment and quarantining passengers, if necessary. Agreements will cover things like vaccination, testing, mask requirements, including physical distancing. Each homeported vessel brings around $4 million into the local economy, providing around 5,500 jobs per season.

Please visit our Cruise Healthy webpage for more details.

Contact

Peter McGraw | Port of Seattle Media Officer
(206) 787-3446 | mcgraw.p@portseattle.org

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