The federal Judge has finally decided in the lawsuit filed by the State of Florida against the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lift the Conditional Sailing Order (CSO).
This news comes after Florida and the CDC failed to work out their differences under mediation, and cruises out of Florida have remained on hold for 15 months. However, the CDC has been working to resume cruises safely with the cruise lines more recently.
Conditional Sailing Order Overruled
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been vocal about the CDC not allowing cruises to resume in Florida, and now the federal judge has ruled in favor of Florida. The state’s motion for a preliminary injection is a go, and it now means that the CDC will not be able to keep its Conditional Sailing Order in place in Florida.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody responded to the ruling on June 18:
“Today’s ruling is a victory for the hardworking Floridians whose livelihoods depend on the cruise industry. The federal government does not, nor should it ever, have the authority to single out and lock down an entire industry indefinitely. I am excited to see the cruise industry get sailing again, and proud to stand with Governor Ron DeSantis against illegal federal overreach and draconian lockdown measures.”
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