Florida Cruise Restrictions To Remain, Appeals Court Says
The temporary stay keeps in place the CDC regulations regarding Florida-based cruise ships in place, while the agency appeals a Tampa federal judge's June decision.
Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.
The one-paragraph decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filed at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, just minutes before a Tampa federal judge’s previous ruling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention restrictions was to take effect.
The appellate court’s issuance of a temporary stay keeps the CDC regulations regarding Florida-based cruise ships in place while the CDC appeals U.S. District Judge Stephen Merryday's June decision.
The Florida lawsuit claims the CDC’s multiple-step process to allow cruising from Florida is overly burdensome.