CDC rules for cruise ships will remain in effect


A federal appeals court temporarily upheld a lower court ruling that ended restrictions on cruise ship in Florida from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The panel’s 2-1 decision came at 11:50 p.m. Saturday – about 10 minutes before the rules ended.

“Indisputable evidence suggests that unchecked cruise ship operations will exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and that it is difficult to undo to the public the resulting effects of such activities.” “, the CDC said in a court filing before the ruling, according to the Associated Press.

The CDC declined to comment on Sunday, Reuters said.

The AP reports that in order for the ships to continue operating this year, they must take certain steps and meet certain thresholds. The CDC has said it will green-light travel if 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers are vaccinated, but if not, the companies must organize test flights.

Florida, which has banned businesses from requesting vaccine passports, sued to have the restrictions lifted.

But Tampa-based Judge Steven Merryday ruled that it was “most likely” the CDC exceeded its authority, according to Reuters.

The appeals court’s decision is not final, but it does allow the restrictions to remain in place while the CDC appeals Merryday’s ruling.

Norwegian Cruise Line is currently suing Florida over its vaccine law, which prevents ships from requesting proof that a customer has been rammed, Reuters reported. Travel agencies face a $5,000 fine per customer for demanding proof they received one of the COVID-19 vaccines.

With the wire Sign.



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