CDC Appeals Cruise Ship Ruling

Agency says cruise ships represent a substantial risk for more COVID.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appealed a federal judge’s order backing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ reduced regulations on COVID to recommendations for the cruise industry. The governor was opposed to the federal government’s restrictions on cruise ships, and has effectively restarted the cruise business in his travel-heavy state.

The CDC requested that U.S. District Judge Steve Merryday’s June 18 order that ruled in favor of Governor DeSantis be reversed amid their appeal. This would make the cruise line restrictions more than recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The judge had ruled the CDC did not provide enough justification to dictate the restrictions on its “conditional sail order,” which reduces the restrictions to mere recommendations as of July 18.

The CDC’s appeal states, “This court’s order creates a substantial risk that cruise ships will exacerbate the introduction and spread of the virus in the United States.” The appeal contends that its authority to protect the public health should stand against the governor’s denial.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Judge Merryday as he gives consideration to the appeal of the CDC regarding the cruise line industry.
  • For Director Walensky as she leads the CDC and evaluates risks to public health.
  • For Governor DeSantis and his concerns for the contribution of the cruise industry to Florida’s economy.

Sources: The Hill, Newsmax


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