Florida sues CDC to allow cruises to resume U.S. sailings, industry pushes for better treatment

Source: CNBC

KEY POINTS

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the state will be filing a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding cruise ships be allowed to resume sailing immediately.
  • Royal Caribbean announced Thursday that they will be extending the suspension of some of its trips leaving from U.S. ports.
  • Disney Cruise Line will also be further suspending its U.S. trips through June.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the state will be filing a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demanding cruise ships be allowed to resume sailing immediately.

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Floridians who’s livelihoods depends on the viability of an open cruise industry, today Florida’s fighting back,” he announced in a press conference on Thursday. “We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year, based on very little evidence and very little data.”

DeSantis called the CDC’s decision to delay the opening of the U.S. cruise industry “irrational” and said that he believes that this lawsuit will have a “good chance for success.”

The CDC was not immediately available for comment.

The governor signed an executive order on Friday forbidding so-called vaccine passports, which will also apply for the cruise industry, saying that private and public businesses are not required to show proof of vaccination.

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