U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday issued a preliminary injunction to begin July 18 that will put an end to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “conditional sailing order” that stopped cruise line operations during the pandemic, according to Fox News.
The court stated that CKC officials have until the second of July to propose new guidelines that would allow cruise lines to sail in a reasonable amount of time, and they must “support the proposed terms with current scientific evidence.”
Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis has made no secret of his opinion on the ruling and the cruise lines lack of ability to function:
“The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew it,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The CDC and the Biden Administration concocted a plan to sink the cruise industry, hiding behind bureaucratic delay and lawsuits.
“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.”
The state requested that the court halt the CDC’s orders which previously hamstrung cruise lines with rules and regulations that were so strict it made their operation extremely difficult and cause a sharp decline in the industry.
The invasive requirements came after the CDC first issued a “no sail order” for US cruise lines last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, that order was lifted slightly in October, allowing cruise liners to sail under strict conditions.
“Today’s ruling is a victory for the hardworking Floridians whose livelihoods depend on the cruise industry,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a statement. “The federal government does not, nor should it ever, have the authority to single out and lock down an entire industry indefinitely.”
Florida’s case brought to bear the irreparable harm a demolished cruise industry would to Florida’s economy, stating that it could cost “millions, if not billions, of dollars” in revenue if cruise lines relocated due to the shutdown.