Cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Line, have not sailed with passengers since early 2020. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a No Sail Order last year and has very strict guidelines for cruise lines to resume sailing. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is now suing the CDC and US Federal Government demanding cruises be allowed to begin sailing again from Florida’s ports.
“Today, Florida’s fighting back. We’re filing a lawsuit against the federal government and the CDC, demanding that our cruise ships be reopened immediately,” DeSantis said today.
The CDC recently updated its guidelines for cruise lines saying ships must make test voyages, implement routine coronavirus testing and develop a strategy to vaccinate crews. The CDC has not offered any information regarding when the No Sail Order would be lifted.
Today, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit against the CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Biden Administration, demanding the no sail order be lifted.
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Miami) also criticized the US for not allowing cruises to sail when they are back to sailing internationally. “They’re sailing in Asia, they’re sailing in Europe and the United States is actually the leader in vaccinate and vaccinations. It’s time to let these ships sail, it’s time to let these people get back to work,” Gimenez said.
Stay tuned for more updates. You can see DeSantis’s press conference here.
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