A federal appeals court temporarily stayed a lower court decision that would have ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ban on cruise ships in Florida.
The 2-1 panel’s decision came at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday – about 10 minutes before the rules came to an end.
“Indisputable evidence suggests that uncontrolled cruise ship operations will exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, and the hardships caused by such operations to the public cannot be undone,” the CDC said. The CDC made the ruling before a court filing in the Associated Press.
The CDC declined to comment on Sunday, lbl said.
The AP reports that in order for the ships to resume this year, they have to take certain steps and meet certain limits. The CDC said it would flag if 98 percent of the ship’s crew and 95 percent of its passengers were vaccinated, but not if the companies had to test cruises.
Florida, which has banned businesses requiring vaccine passports, sued to lift the restrictions.
But Tampa-based Judge Steven Meride ruled that it was “highly likely” that the CDC had exceeded its authority, lbl said.
The appeals court’s decision is not a final decision, but it allows the sanctions to remain in place while the CDC appeals Meriday’s decision.
Norwegian Cruise Line is now suing Florida over its vaccine law, which prevents ships from seeking evidence that customers have been jab, lbl said. Cruise lines face a $5,000 fine per customer for demanding proof that they have received one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
With post wires.