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."
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."