Florida ruling to allow cruise ship industries to operate without CDC guidelines is blocked

After a ruling sided with a Florida lawsuit challenged pandemic restrictions for cruise ships, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling.

The block was filed at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday by three judges just minutes before a Tampa judge’s ruling was set to take effect.

While Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis feels that the CDC’s multi-step process in burdensome to Florida and harms a multi-billion dollar business as well as job security, the CDC states that cruise ships are especially important to regulate due to the close quarters of passengers and stopping at ports in other countries.

In October of last year the CDC imposed a four-phase framework for cruise industries to gradually resume operations, but the Tampa judge decided the CDC cannot enforce the rules and they should be suggestions or guidelines only.


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