Clouds. 54.8   F New York
AI-Powered News Summarizer
Top Stories

Florida sues federal government over cruise industry restrictions

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 70%. 2 min read.

MELBOURNE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2021/03/22: Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis listens to another speaker at a press conference at the Eau Gallie High School aviation hangar. DeSantis announced he is asking the legislature for $75 million of federal funds to support what hes dubbed the Get There Faster initiative, aimed at boosting access to technical education programs for both high school students and adult learners. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The state of Florida is suing the Biden administration to reopen the cruise industry "immediately" and allow cruises to "resume safely," Florida's governor and attorney general announced Thursday.

(CNN)The state of Florida is suing the Biden administration to reopen the cruise industry "immediately" and allow cruises to "resume safely," Florida's governor and attorney general announced Thursday.

Florida's lawsuit comes as the US cruise ship industry is putting pressure on the CDC to resume cruising now that more and more Americans are getting vaccinated and the industry has resumed in other major cruise markets globally.

Florida's lawsuit demands that "the court find that this effective no-sail order is unlawful and allow our cruises to resume safely," Moody said Thursday, adding that Florida is "not going to sit back while an administrative agency decides to shut down an entire industry. "

At the start of pandemic last March, the CDC issued a no-sail order for cruise ships operating in US waters, leading cruise companies to suffer billions in losses last year.

In October, the CDC announced a "framework for conditional sailing order," detailing regulations for a phased resumption of cruises that includes testing all crew, developing onboard laboratory capacity and running "simulated voyages. " The order is in effect until November 1, or when Covid-19 is no longer a public health emergency, or the CDC director rescinds or modifies it.

The CDC on Friday put out guidance outlining how it expects to allow a resumption of sailings -- recommending, rather than a requiring, passengers be vaccinated.

The agency said it wanted to see "simulated (trial) voyages that will allow crew and port personnel to practice new Covid-19 operational procedures with volunteers before sailing with passengers. "

The CDC did not provide a date it plans to allow US sailings again for the first time since March 2020.

Both DeSantis and Moody warned that if the US cruise industry doesn't reopen, tourists will seek to book cruises in other countries, resulting in lost revenue for Florida and other states.

Moody accused the Biden administration of being unwilling "to revamp and consider lifting these no sail orders and allow us to resume this thriving industry with reasonable health protocols. "

Summarizer is on Google News. Now you can get the latest AI summarized news on your favorite news platform.

Don't like Google News? We have an RSS Feed for you.

Suggestions