Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won an injunction against the Center for Disease Control and Prevention over its previous halt to the state’s cruise industry over Coronavirus concerns. DeSantis filed the conjunction citing that the cruise industry brings in millions of dollars to Florida’s economy and provides thousands of jobs. He said that now that states have reopened and vaccines are widely available Floridians should be able to go back to work.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday approved the injunction but noted it would not take effect until July 18. The court said CDC officials have until July 2 to propose a narrower set of guidelines that would allow cruise lines to sail in a timely manner and to “support the proposed terms with current scientific evidence.”
“The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew it,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The CDC and the Biden Administration concocted a plan to sink the cruise industry, hiding behind bureaucratic delay and lawsuits. Today, we are securing this victory for Florida families, for the cruise industry, and for every state that wants to preserve its rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach.”
The state of Florida had sought an immediate halt to the CDC’s order, under which cruise lines are unable to operate unless they adhere to strict requirements outlined by the federal government. The state argued the order would do irreparable harm to Florida’s economy, potentially costing “millions, if not billions, of dollars” in revenue and pushing cruise line operators to relocate
The CDC first issued a “no sail order” for US cruise lines last March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency issued a conditional sailing order allowing cruises to resume last October if they met the requirements.
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