US appeals court blocks ruling that would have suspended CDC cruise ship rules

Source: Reuters

“A U.S. appeals court late Saturday in a 2-1 ruling put on hold a lower-court decision that said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not enforce its coronavirus cruise ship rules in [Florida]. Last month, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in siding with Republican-led Florida found the state was ‘highly likely’ to show the CDC exceeded its authority in adopting rules governing the resumption of cruise ship sailing. The brief order from the 11th Circuit panel came about 10 minutes before Merryday’s ruling was to take effect on Sunday, which would have made the CDC rules a non-binding recommendation rather than mandatory. … The offices of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state Attorney General Ashley Moody did not immediately comment on Sunday. DeSantis had argued the CDC rules disregarded ‘the freedom of Floridians to make decisions for their families.'” (07/18/21)