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Florida doesn’t want the vaccine passport… and cruises require it anyway

Florida Governor DeSantis has imposed a law that prohibits any request for vaccine certificates or passports from businesses in his state. However, the cruise company Norwegian Cruise, which normally calls at the ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, has decided otherwise, asking its customers to show up for boarding only with proof of vaccination. In order to operate in this way, he filed an appeal against the state law and Sunday, a federal judge sided with the company.

United States District Judge Kathleen Williams upheld Norwegian's request for a preliminary injunction in a 60-page ruling blocking Florida's ban on businesses requiring customers or guests to have proof of vaccination before entry. Therefore it is legitimate for private companies to ask for the vaccination passport.

“Amidst a myriad of rapidly evolving quarantine and testing requirements, there is one constant that facilitates cruise line customers' access to advertised ports of call: documentary evidence of vaccination will accelerate passenger entry practically. in every single country and port where the plaintiffs intend to sail, ”Williams wrote.

He said vaccination passports would allow the cruise company to "operate as safely as possible with 100% vaccination of all guests and crew while sailing from Florida ports," adding that the decision was made because Florida had failed to "provide valid, factual evidence." , or legal prerequisite ”for the prohibition.

Williams also noted that "scientific research shows that cruise lines are hotbeds for the transmission of COVID-19" and the cruise operator "has shown that public health will be jeopardized if it is necessary to suspend its obligation to vaccination".

The ruling comes less than a week after the Norwegian Gem ship's departure from Miami, the first ship in its fleet to sail from the port area since the pandemic disrupted the cruise industry last year.

Williams' decision comes as a major blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has consistently fought against mandatory government masks, health passports, and other vaccine restrictions.

Norwegian said they are looking forward to sailing on August 15. "This order will now allow the company to operate as safely as possible with 100% vaccination of all guests and crew while sailing from Florida ports." So even states that do not want to impose too strict obligations on their citizens are not able to defend their rights. However, since the vaccine does not guarantee non-contagiousness, the vessels are destined to be, again, hotbeds of infection.

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