The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in April that cruise ships can depart by July – without annoying test cruises – provided 98% of their crew and 95% of their passengers are vaccinated.
There’s just one problem: Governor DeSantis has already signed an executive order prohibiting companies from checking the immunization status of their customers – exactly what cruise lines should be doing.
“I said it was a chicken game and the cruise lines aren’t going to blink for a second in this game,” said maritime lawyer Mike Winkleman. Le Washington Post. “They are going to reopen in full steam.”
It’s a strange position for Mr DeSantis, after a year in which he fought loudly for the cruise industry against federal Covid-19 regulations. After the pandemic began last year, the CDC quickly banned cruises of more than 250 passengers. Mr DeSantis has sued the federal government to overturn the ban, arguing that it is hurting too many Florida businesses.
“We have tens of thousands of Floridians – not just in this county but across the state – who depend on the viability of our cruise industry for their livelihoods, their jobs, their ability to feed their families,” he said. Mr. DeSantis said in April.
But the governor’s ban on “vaccine passports” may hamper this advocacy. The ordinance prohibits Florida government agencies from issuing documents showing proof of vaccination and prohibits companies from requiring such proof from customers.
Critics argued that the ordinance was not necessary because such “vaccine passports” did not yet exist.
“100% political demagoguery,” Winkleman told the Poster. “It’s not motivated by a security motivation. If the motivation was safety, you would say, “Of course everyone needs to be vaccinated. It is bowing down to a small minority which is a very vocal basis for him.
“All guests 16 years of age and older should be fully immunized with all doses of COVID-19 vaccine given at least 14 days prior to departure,” the company says on its website.
A spokesperson for Mr. DeSantis complained about the contradiction.
“We are interested to see how the CDC plans to help cruise lines comply with Florida law,” said Taryn Fenske, spokesperson for Mr. DeSantis. Poster. “I hope they don’t illegally subject cruises to millions of dollars in fines. “
Mr. DeSantis’ office has yet to respond to The independentrequest for comment from.