(PresidentialInsider.com)- It’s good news for Floridians and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis this week, after the state successfully won a temporary freeze placed on Centers for Disease Control guidelines that impact the cruise industry.
One of the biggest industries in the state, cruise operators have been crippling by COVID-19 rules that made it impossible for many months for Americans to go on vacation and spend money in the state. And now, the preliminary injunction means that the CDC cannot enforce the “conditional sailing order” at Florida ports, which includes guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.
Perhaps the worst condition of the protocol was that cruise ships could only sail if 95% of passengers on board were vaccinated. The logic behind the rule is to ensure that the ship has “herd immunity” whereby the virus cannot spread, but the implications would have been terrifying.
If cruise liners require all passengers to be 95% vaccinated, then could airlines be next? How about buses and trains?
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis fought aggressively against the rules, and sued the CDC on April 8.
Florida’s state government came to an impasse with the CDC, with both sides refusing to compromise on the matter. Governor DeSantis insisted that the cruise industry be allowed to sail as normal, and allow the Florida economy to begin repairing after a year of COVID restrictions.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody responded to the news that a temporary injunction has been won, saying that the federal government doesn’t have the authority to “single out and lock down” an entire industry indefinitely.
And let’s be honest, requiring 95% of passengers to be vaccinated is just another way of crippling the cruise industry, given just how many people are skeptical about taking the virus in the first place.
The injunction was placed on hold until July 17 by United States District Judge Steven Merryday, and the CDC has until July 2 to come up with a new order that is more focused and perhaps more acceptable to Florida’s state government.
Let’s see how that does…