On Sunday night, a federal judge sided with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a scuffle with Florida over vaccine passports, granting the cruise line’s request for a preliminary injunction that blocks a US law. State prohibiting companies from requiring proof of vaccination.
In a nearly 60-page decision, US District Judge Kathleen Williams said Florida “is not providing valid legal evidence, facts or predicates” for its vaccine passport ban.
“Amid a myriad of ever-changing quarantine and testing requirements, there is one constant that makes it easier for cruise line customers to access advertised ports of call: Documentary proof of vaccination will speed up the process. passenger entry into virtually all countries and ports where the plaintiffs intend to sail, ”Williams wrote.
Context: Governor Ron DeSantis, who has always fought against coronavirus restrictions such as warrants for face masks, signed an executive order in April banning vaccine passports. The Florida legislature also approved a measure blessing the ordinance and fining companies that violate the ban.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings filed a lawsuit against Florida in mid-July. The cruise line has a ship that will leave Miami on August 15.
This is just one of the lawsuits the governor is currently fighting over cruise ships. Florida is in another legal battle with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over its cruise directive.
And after: The legal battle between the state and the Norwegian could drag on. Peter Patterson, who represents the state and state surgeon general Scott Rivkees, hinted at a court hearing Friday on the injunction that Florida could take the case to the US Supreme Court- United.