Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters on Friday that cruise lines will not be exempt from Florida law that bans proof of vaccination requirements.
“We are going to enforce Florida law,” the governor said. “I mean, we have Florida law. We have laws that protect the people and the privacy of our citizens, and we are going to enforce it. In fact, I have no choice but to enforce it.” Continuing he said “We provided vaccines for a lot of their workers,” referring to the cruise industry. “Nobody has fought harder, not just for cruises, but the entire leisure and hospitality sector in this state in its history than me.”
On May 3rd DeSantis signed legislation which would prohibit businesses, schools, and government agencies from requiring people to show proof of vaccination. The CDC gave Celebrity Cruises the greenlight to begin the process of restarting cruises. The company was set to send its Celebrity Edge on a seven-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida beginning June 26th.
The cruise will require 100 percent of staff and 95 percent of passengers to be vaccinated. DeSantis filed lawsuit with the CDC. “We’re [suing the CDC] because it obviously has hurt our state,” DeSantis said Friday. “But it’s a larger issue than just the cruises. You cannot have some bureaucracy — that does not have the legal authority to do this — claim an emergency and shut down commerce.” The governor expressed confidence that Florida will win its case.
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