The Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals altered a decision, which now allows cruise ships in Florida to operate immediately.
Circuit Judges Jill Pryor, Charles Wilson and Elizabeth Branch reversed their previous decision that allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enforce coronavirus regulations on Florida cruise ships. The state of Florida had filed an Emergency Application to Vacate the Eleventh Circuit’s Stay on Preliminary Injunction against the CDC over its no-sail order. The previous decision would have forced cruise ships to undergo simulated (mock) voyages, certification that ships met CDC guidelines, and additional testing. This was all subject to change “based on public health considerations and cruise ship operators’ ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk.”
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“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.” (READ MORE: Joe Biggs’ Letter From Jail Describes The Life Of A January 6 Political Prisoner)
“I’m glad to see the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reverse its prior decision and free the cruise lines from unlawful CDC mandates, which effectively mothballed the industry for more than a year,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The importance of this case extends beyond the cruise industry. From here on out a federal bureau will be on thin legal and constitutional ice if and when it attempts to exercise such sweeping authority that is not explicitly delineated by law.”
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— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) July 23, 2021
The restrictions on the cruise industry has severely impacted the economy in Florida. Billions of dollars is generated from state and local taxes, which help pay for the growing number of unemployed Floridians. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated that over 8,000 unemployment claims were filed in Florida from July 11 to July 17, an increase from over 7,000 claims the previous week. The uplifted restrictions will also allow residents to begin working on cruise ships, helping many with new work opportunities.
As of Friday’s ruling, cruise ships can begin to operate immediately.