Judge Denies CDC’s Appeal To Keep COVID Restrictions

(FiveNation.com)- Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has reason to celebrate this summer after a federal judge just rejected requests by the United States Centers for Disease Control to keep in place a number of restrictive COVID-19 rules for cruise ships.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday from last week means that ships that depart from Florida after July 18 will not be allowed to restrict access to people based on whether or not they have taken the COVID-19 vaccinations.

The CDC had asked the court for a stay to the injunction on the original Conditional Sail Order, but it will now go ahead as planned.

Governor DeSantis has had a big fight over the cruise industry over the last year. All cruises were completely stopped in March of last year as the pandemic began, but as Florida’s economy began to open back up, the CDC’s rulings made it difficult for the cruise industry to operate fully.

The ruling, which came last Wednesday, said that the CDC could not provide a reason why it should or can exercise the power to restrict the cruise industry.

And if you think about it…how could the CDC do that? The CDC is not an elected body nor is it the government.

Judge Merryday slammed the CDC’s actions as not being about health precautions that are “necessary or helpful” on a cruise ship but instead a matter of the “use and misuse of government power.”

Ouch.

Judge Merryday added that while the CDC invariably “garnishes the argument” with various “dire prospects” about transmitting COVID-19 on a cruise ship, these predictions completely ignore and dismiss local and state authorities and the costly preparations made by the companies operating the cruise ships.

The CDC is still fighting back, with lawyers asking a federal appeals court to place a hold on the ruling, so we’ll have to see how that works out.

It looks like the CDC won’t stop until people can’t enjoy their summer vacations…