Friday, July 23, 2021


CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Ditch the Mask

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), the national public health agency of the United States announced today that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear the mask during indoor and outdoor activities.

What the CDC says

“If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press briefing.

The big picture

COVID-19 cases have fallen in the US and are reported to be the lowest since July of last year. It remains to be seen what this new guideline means for the Bahamas and the rest of the world.

Worth noting

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine giving the immune system sufficient time to develop antibodies against the virus.

Driving the news

Fifty-eight new cases were reported in the Bahamas on Thursday–56 in New Providence; 1 in Grand Bahama; and 1 in Eleuthera.

On Monday, the second dose of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine began.

And the next batch of vaccines, comprising of 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca, through the COVAX facility arrived in the country on Tuesday.

Royal Caribbean is Looking for Cruise Testers. Here’s How You Can Sign Up

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is seeking volunteers to test its cruises as it restarts voyages following suspensions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters

The US Center for Disease Control lifted cruise suspensions on Oct 31st, but cruise lines must conduct test sailings in the advent of new health protocols in the industry. Then cruise lines can officially begin taking passengers onboard.

What they say

Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Vicki Freed, said, “We’re going to be doing a series of sailings using our employees and other volunteers to test out the new protocols and make tweaks and modifications to ensure that everything is running smoothly and still deliver that Royal Caribbean amazing vacation experience.”

What are the requirements?

  • A volunteer will be you must be 18 or older.
  • They must have written proof that they have no pre-existing medical conditions that would place them at high-risk for COVID-19.
  • They must follow testing protocols, including rapid testing before embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Volunteers must submit to the cruise ship’s monitored observation period
  • Volunteer passengers will be informed of the “inherently risky activity” of their test sailing with untested health and safety protocols.

What’s being tested?

  • Embarkation and disembarkation procedures, including terminal check-in
  • Activities on aboard, including dining and entertainment venues; the ship must modify meal service and entertainment venues to facilitate social distancing during the simulated
  • Private island shore excursions (if a port is visited)
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Transfer of symptomatic passengers or crew, or those who test positive for SARSCoV-2, from cabins to isolation rooms
  • Quarantine of all remaining passengers and non-essential crew

Volunteers can sign up at

Featured Image: Royal Caribbean Cruise