Federal Appeals Court Intervenes, Sides with CDC over Vaccination Rules on Cruise Ships in Florida

Federal Appeals Court Intervenes, Sides with CDC over Vaccination Rules on Cruise Ships in Florida


A federal appeals court intervened over the weekend, siding with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) battle against the federal health agency over the vaccination rules it is imposing on the cruise industry — a major area of conflict, as the use of vaccine passports is prohibited in Florida.

Last month, DeSantis’s administration scored a victory after a federal district court in Tampa ruled in favor of Florida’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, concluding the CDC’s rules on the cruise industry “are likely unconstitutional and overstepping their legal authority.” However, over the weekend, prior to the lower court’s ruling taking effect, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit voted 2-1, issuing a temporary stay. The federal government asked the Court to stay the appeal on July 7. The district court’s ruling would have rendered the CDC’s order a mere “guidance” as of July 18.

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