Appeals court blocks CDC restrictions on Florida cruises
The Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of The Seas arrives at Port Everglades on June 10, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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On Friday, a federal appeals court sided with Florida in its challenge against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over federal cruise ship regulations that the state said were too onerous and cost it millions. dollars in lost tax revenue.
The two-page ruling by the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals marks an unusual reversal of the appeal committee’s ruling in the case released on Saturday.
The court did not explain the reason for the change, although the latest ruling came just hours after Florida took the case to the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the previous 11th Circuit ruling. This action will likely be withdrawn now.
CDC rules have prevented the cruise industry from fully resuming operations amid the country’s vaccine-induced recovery. Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the public health crisis, cruise passengers were subjected to a number of high-profile epidemics. The sector has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus.
A Florida federal district court sided with the state last month in response to a lawsuit filed by Ashley Moody, the Republican attorney general. Over the weekend, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals temporarily suspended the ruling, allowing CDC rules to remain in place.
The 11th Circuit decision on Saturday was made by a 2-1 vote. Friday’s decision was unanimous.
On Friday afternoon, Moody took the case to the Supreme Court in a emergency deposit, asking the supreme court to overturn the decision of the court of appeal.
“The CDC’s order clearly exceeds its authority, as the district court correctly concluded by ordering it as a preliminary,” Moody wrote in the file.
Moody said the CDC’s rules correspond to “an ever-changing array of requirements” that are posted on the agency’s website.
Additionally, she wrote, CDC rules require cruise lines to “establish COVID-19 testing labs, conduct self-funded experiments called ‘test trips,’ and comply with distancing requirements. social in all ships, including in outdoor areas like swimming pools and while queuing for the bathroom. “
Moody wrote that only five of the 65 ships subject to CDC cruise rules had been approved to sail by the time the 11th Circuit rendered its decision. She wrote on the record that cruise restrictions have cost Florida tens of millions of dollars in tax and port revenue. Without further action, the restrictions were to remain in place until November 2021.
The CDC did not immediately return a request for comment.
The 11th Circuit decision comes as the nation experiences an increase in Covid-19 cases, largely among those who have not been vaccinated, attributed to the highly transmissible delta variant.
Moody said on Wednesday that she contracted Covid-19 despite receiving a vaccine. In a Twitter post on Friday, Moody said she still suffered from mild symptoms and encouraged people to get the shot.