Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Wants the CDC to Allow Cruises to Start in Florida, by This July, or He may Sue
Governor Ron. DeSantis says the current cruise ship ban is based on outdated medical information. The state of Florida is threatening to sue the CDC unless ships are allowed to set sail by late this summer.
“To say that you can’t sail by the time we get to the end of June, the CDC is basically saying the vaccines don’t work then,” said Gov. DeSantis.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody agrees.
“The rationale…is based on outdated data and guidelines put in place before we had a COVID-19 vaccine,” Moody said.
After major outbreaks on cruise ships, the CDC shut down the industry last March.
In turn, the state of Florida and it’s residents, lost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars.
By October of last year, in a conditional sail order, the CDC issued new requirements including mandatory mock voyages to replicate real-world COVID-19 conditions, before cruises could resume. .
Cruise Industry leaders say they’ve adopted 74 science-based recommendations for healthy sailing.
Outside of the U.S., cruise ships are operating without outbreaks, said panelists.
The CDC’s current ban is in place until November. is waiting for a statement but, right now, there’s no indication the CDC will ease restrictions before the fall.
In part the Governor also said this, on Friday (3/26/21) of last week...
"Had a great meeting about resuming cruises -- the CDC should rescind its destructive no-sail order. Floridians who rely on our cruise industry to provide for themselves and their families cannot wait until November 1 to get back to work. The federal government should lift the lockdown and allow cruises to sail immediately.
Thank you to FDOT Secretary Kevin Thibault, Attorney General Ashley Moody and members of the cruise industry for joining me today at Port Canaveral to highlight the importance of this industry to jobs in Florida". More here –https://bit.ly/2QGxyHA