According to a new report from The Hill “a federal judge in Florida on Friday ruled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus-era sailing orders were an overreach of power, issuing a preliminary injunction temporarily barring the CDC from enforcing the guidelines.”
Judge Steven Merryday for the Middle District of Florida said in his ruling “CDC’s conditional sailing order and the implementing orders exceed the authority delegated to CDC.”
“Never has CDC conditioned pratique as extensively and burdensomely as the conditional sailing order; and never has CDC imposed restrictions that have summarily dismissed the effectiveness of state regulation and halted for an extended time an entire multi-billion dollar industry nationwide,” he also wrote.
“In a word, never has CDC implemented measures as extensive, disabling, and exclusive as those under review in this action,” he added.
Florida Governor DeSantis praised the ruling in a statement.
“The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew it,” said DeSantis. “The CDC and the Biden Administration concocted a plan to sink the cruise industry, hiding behind bureaucratic delay and lawsuits. Today, we are securing this victory for Florida families, for the cruise industry, and for every state that wants to preserve its rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach.”