Governor Ron DeSantis is fighting back, and just announced Florida is filing a lawsuit against the federal government and CDC to allow cruise ship industry to resume.
The CDC first issued it’s no-sail order at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020 following coronavirus outbreaks on several ships.
The order which has extended to Nov. 1, prevents cruise ships allowing passengers to embark and disembark from all U.S. ports.
“Cruise ship operators shall not commence or continue operations except as approved by USCG, in consultation with HHS/CDC personal until further notice,”
A number of cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have announced they’re resuming sailing from international ports like The Bahamas and Bermuda. However, all passengers 18 and older must be vaccinated before boarding.
DeSantis said, “People are still gonna go on cruises. You know what they’re going to do? Instead of flying to Miami, spending money to stay in our hotels, spending money to eat in our restaurants before they get on the ship, they are going to fly to the Bahamas, and they’re gonna spend the money in the Bahamas.
The governor added that the no-sail order is costing Florida ports millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs, saying Miami-Dade County which boasts tourism as one its top industries-has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state because of the lockdown.
“We’re not going to sit back and while an administrative agency decided to shut down an entire industry,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said. “Sixty% of the nation’s cruises come out of Florida.
The governor said cruise ship passengers should not be required to to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, also known as a “vaccine passport,” a practice that was banned in Florida earlier this month. “It’s not necessary. causes a huge amount of problems,” “DeSantis said.
The CDC began taking steps to restart the cruise industry back in October when it issued a “conditional sailing order” that set guidelines for how cruise lines test and screen crew for COVID-19.
Speaking in Port Canaveral last month, DeSantis urged the federal government and CDC to lift the no=sail order by June to get the Sunshine State’s “crippled” cruise ship industry back on track.
Just hours before the governor’s announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line appealed tp passengers on Twitter, urging them to “Let your voice be heard & ask our elected representatives to allow cruising to resume in the United States.