In a major with for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a U.S. appeals court has lifted CDC cruise ship restrictions.
A federal appeals court late on Friday reversed course and let stand a lower court order prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from enforcing coronavirus-related cruise ship rules in Florida.
The decision is a win for Florida that had filed a lawsuit arguing the CDC curbs made it tough for the cruise industry to recover from the pandemic.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta had only on Saturday voted 2-1 to block the lower court decision.
But in its latest brief statement, the three-judge appeals panel said it had withdrawn its earlier order on its own and was now rejecting the government’s request because it had “failed to demonstrate an entitlement to a stay pending appeal.”
The CDC said that even though it cannot require cruise ships to abide by the sail order, it will enforce its separate transit mask requirements on cruise ships in Florida that opt not to follow the now voluntary program. read more