DeSantis endangers cruise lines, crews and passengers over vax status

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Imagine a government telling you how to run your business.

Imagine that, despite having an Ivy League education, that government’s leader doesn’t listen to science because he doesn’t want to be seen as weak, putting his constituents in mortal danger for the sake of political expediency.

After signing into law legislation that prohibits Florida companies from mandating vaccines as a prerequisite for service, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — with initial success — causing this federal Agency to temporarily lose the authority to regulate the cruise industry.

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However, on July 17, an appeals court gave the cruise industry the green light to do what it pleases as it relates to COVID-19. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the CDC and, by extension, Norwegian Cruise Lines, which filed an amicus brief. The court ruled that the COVID-19 guidelines for cruise lines returning to operation are rules, not suggestions, reversing a lower court decision that was in favor of the state of Florida.

The state had a short-lived triumph, but it’s not over. Unfortunately, DeSantis says the state plans to appeal.

The cruise industry wants to keep its crews, passengers and the public as safe as possible. Science tells us that the most effective policy to accomplish this goal is mandatory vaccines. Unfortunately, DeSantis’ intransigence has taken that option off the table.

Cruise-industry executives are no fools. They understand the challenges of keeping their business afloat and their passengers and crews safe, absent a vaccine requirement for cruises originating from Florida ports. They have developed contingency plans that now can be in conjunction with CDC guidelines.

However, with the Delta variant spreading like wildfire and overall COVID-19 infection rates spiking, the governor’s gamble is jeopardizing an industry that employs 436,000 people nationwide, 159,000 of those in Florida alone, and generates a $55 billion economic impact in the United States.



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