Governor Ron DeSantis blasted Biden’s CDC today for their latest guidance, which he called a ‘joke’:
The latest guidance from @CDCgov is a joke but what else did we expect from the Biden Administration? Vaccine passports infringe on our liberty and don’t keep people safe. Our cruise industry is a major economic driver. Let our ships sail!https://t.co/TMrkA09QvN
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 4, 2021
Here’s more on what’s going on:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called out the CDC on Tuesday for burdensome coronavirus requirements on cruise lines, which make up a big part of the state’s economy.
“The CDC continues to hold the cruise industry hostage. With this lawsuit Florida looks forward to fighting back against never-ending restrictions targeting one industry in our state,” a DeSantis spokesperson told Fox News.
Florida sued the federal government in April over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s restrictions for cruise ships, which included a conditional sailing order that was effective until Nov. 1. A few weeks later, the CDC said cruise lines could resume U.S. operations as soon as July if they meet strict criteria, but DeSantis is still not satisfied.
The CDC will require 98% of a ship’s crew and 95% of passengers to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. It’s unclear if this percentage applies to child passengers as no coronavirus vaccines have yet been approved for emergency use in children.
DeSantis has banned vaccine passports in his state and I hope they get this guidance overturned in court. These kinds of strict conditions will likely mean none of these ships will sail.
In unrelated news, DeSantis also got a good burn on Charlie Crist today:
Honestly, Charlie is in the party that deserves him. Let him run as a Democrat, let him fall on his face in the Democratic primary.