Federal judge sides with Florida in lawsuit with CDC over cruise ship guidelines

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Earlier this month we heard that Royal Caribbean was set to launch six cruises this summer. Royal Caribbean stated that their cruises will abide by CDC guidelines and would require everyone 16 and over to be vaccinated. Even with vaccination requirements, people are still contracting coronavirus on cruises. It’s only going to get worse. Cue the Republican outrage. Governor DeSantis decided to sue the CDC over it in April and unfortunately a federal judge just sided with DeSantis. Judge Steve Merryday signed a temporary injunction that would prevent the CDC from enforcing their Conditional Sailing Order. The injunction begins July 18. Below are more details from People:

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday granted a preliminary injunction, beginning July 18, preventing the CDC from enforcing the CSO, which will be considered nonbinding recommendations or guidelines, the Associated Press reported. He also ordered both sides to return to mediation to reach a full solution after a previous mediation attempt failed.

“This order finds that Florida is highly likely to prevail on the merits of the claim that CDC’s conditional sailing order and the implementing orders exceed the authority delegated to the CDC,” Merryday wrote in a 124-page decision, which argued that Florida would suffer if the CSO was allowed to continue, as it effectively blocks most cruises.

Merryday gave the CDC until July 2 to propose new cruise ship guidelines “both permitting cruise ships to sail timely and remaining within CDC’s authority.”

“Florida establishes a strong likelihood that many or almost all cruise ships will remain unable to sail for the entire summer season,” the ruling stated. “And each day the cruise industry faces uncertainty about when cruises can resume, Florida not only suffers a concrete economic injury resulting from reduced revenue and increased unemployment spending, but Florida faces an increasingly threatening and imminent prospect that the cruise industry will depart the state.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously sued the CDC in April, attempting to resume the cruise industry’s presence in the state, which is a big contributing factor to their economy.

“The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew it,” DeSantis claimed in a statement after Friday’s ruling. “Today, we are securing this victory for Florida families, for the cruise industry, and for every state that wants to preserve its rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach.”

[From People]

I am convinced that the Republican party is a death cult and their two objectives are to kill as many people as possible and make everyone poor. How could any rational human being want to block a cruise line from making sure their passengers and crew members are safe? What heartless a**hole wants a repeat of last year’s stuck at sea scenario where people were dying aboard cruise ships while they were marooned outside ports for weeks? The judge said that he feared that Florida and its workers would lose money because of the CSO restrictions which limit how many cruises can run at a time. What these people don’t get is that the cruise lines can pull out of Florida altogether like some have threatened already. Good luck to Florida if it loses this important industry.

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