CDC Requests Appeal To Ron DeSantis’ Order

( The argument over the No Sail Order in Florida isn’t over just yet.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appealed a recent order from a federal judge that sided with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. That ruling reduced the regulations relations to COVID-19, compared to what the CDC had recommended.

Specifically, DeSantis has fought the restrictions that have been placed on the cruise industry. The order at one point in time literally grounded the industry, but now cruises have been able to restart in the state. It’s was a huge win for Florida, since the state is the origination of many cruises.

The CDC, though, requested that the order given by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday on June 18 be reversed as they continue to appeal. The CDC argues that the restrictions on the cruise lines are necessary to keep down the spread of the coronavirus.

In the appeal, the CDC wrote:

“This Court’s order creates a substantial risk that cruise ships will exacerbate the introduction and spread of the virus in the United States.”

In his order, Merryday said the CDC didn’t provide adequate justification for its “conditional sail order.” That order dictated how cruise ships were going to be able to resume their operations throughout America.

Because of the order, the CDC regulations would cease to be in effective starting July 18. The judge also set a July 22 deadline for the CDC to propose a “narrower injunction” that would allow various cruise ships to still run while at the same time allowing the authority of the CDC “to further safeguard the public’s health.”

The CDC has argued that the “conditional sail order” falls under the authority it has to protect the health of the public.

According to court documents, the CDC wrote:

“The Conditional Sailing Order (‘CSO’) is an important tool in ensuring that cruise ship operations do not exacerbate the spread of dangerous variants during this inflection point in the pandemic. It does not shut down the cruise industry but instead provides a sensible, flexible framework for re-opening, based on the best available scientific evidence.”

Some of the cruise ships in Florida have already begun to operate following the order, though they must still do so within the regulations that are set by the CDC. It marked the first time in more than 15 months that a cruise ship departed with paying customers from a port within the U.S.

The problem, the CDC says, is that even with these precautions, there are still issues cruise ships are having with coronavirus infections. A recent Royal Caribbean ship, for example, had eight crew members that tested positive for COVID-19. That forced the company to postpone the cruise, since there wouldn’t be sufficient crew to make the trip.

Under the CDC guidelines, 12 ships have been approved thus far to restart their operations. Another 13 have been approved to sail for test cruises.