A federal judge in Florida has issued a preliminary injunction against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus-era sailing orders. Judge Steven Merryday found that the orders used to regulate cruises “exceed the authority delegated to CDC.”
Judge Merryday declared that the CDC is “preliminary enjoined from enforcing against a cruise ship arriving in, within, or departing from a port in Florida the conditional sailing order and the later measures.”
The case was brought about by the state of Florida, which is seeking to free the valuable cruise industry from the clutches of the CDC’s draconian social distancing measures.
The coronavirus crisis has hammered the cruise industry, and it wasn’t until recently that cruise liners were allowed to set sail. So this ruling from Judge Merryday is an important step to reopening the economy and reining in the CDC.
The lawsuit was filed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), and this decision is the latest in a string of victories for the rising star. Governor DeSantis is making his case to the nation in preparation for the 2024 presidential election.
Governor DeSantis issued a statement following the ruling saying, “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.”
While it is possible that this case could face further appeals and litigation, it seems that the cruise industry is getting the go-ahead to set sail.
Governor DeSantis is setting an example for the entire nation. Letting the CDC run loose for over a year was a serious mistake, and it is time for judges around the nation to drop the hammer on them.