Boats: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Kate Griffiths Kate Griffiths Conservative, Burton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the river cruise sector on resumption of their operations as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

My officials and I have been engaging regularly with the cruise industry on restart plans through Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). FCO currently advise against travelling on sea-going cruises only. River cruises are not included within the travel advice for cruise, however, CLIA continues to engage across industry on the safe resumption of operations. River cruise operators should ensure the relevant risk assessments have been undertaken and that their operations comply with relevant Covid-19 requirements. We are keen to support the safe resumption of cruise operations, and will continue to work with CLIA, Public Health England, and the FCO to ensure plans are in place to support this.

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