SAN JUAN – The Resident Commissioner, Jenniffer González, has presented the so-called Set Sail Safely Act, to work efforts that lead to the reopening of the cruise industry, while ensuring the safety of passengers and employees.
The measure was also presented in the Senate by Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott under number S. 4592, the commissioner said in a statement on Monday.
The bill, HR8471, would establish a Maritime Task Force.
It would be made up of representatives from various federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, the Department of State, and the Federal Maritime Commission.
They would work in coordination with a Private Sector Advisory Committee on necessary health, safety and security logistics changes and develop a strategy for the continuation of maritime voyages and the resumption of cruise operations in United States waters during the public health emergency due to COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Resident Commissioner has held discussions with interest groups that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 11, González joined the representatives of the Florida delegation to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Also at the end of March, together with the executive director of the Puerto Rico Government Tourism Company (CTPR), Carla Campos, they offered a virtual conference where they brought together some 950 businessmen and employees of the tourism industry to evaluate the impact of COVID- 19 and provide guidance on federal and state aid, aimed at protecting companies and the tourist workforce.