Florida Gov. DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 10th, 2021 2:02 pm

Last Updated Apr 13th, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a lawsuit on Thursday against the federal government over the cruise industry shutdown that was originally ordered by the CDC on March 14, 2020.

"We don't want a handout," said Monica Sebata, a former employee of Cruiseport Destinations in Miami, Florida.

"What we want is to go back to work. What we need is to go back to work. It's not just the financial aspect, it's the emotional, and the mental, and the physical well-being of these people, of all of us."

The CDC's original order (March 14, 2020) was scheduled for two weeks unless renewed. The order was renewed on April 9, 2020, extended on July 16, 2020, and extended again on September 30, 2020.

On October 30, 2020, the CDC said the order would remain in effect until November 1, 2021, unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services removes the "public health emergency" tag for COVID-19 or the CDC director "rescinds or modifies the order."

On April 2, 2021, the CDC released "a new phase of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order ... for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters."


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