The Hill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has appealed a federal judge’s order that downgraded the agency’s COVID-19 regulations on cruise ships to recommendations and effectively allowed the industry to restart in Florida.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had brought the suit challenging the CDC.

In its appeal, the CDC asked that U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday’s order be reversed while their appeal is considered. It argued that the cruise ships could lead to an increase in COVID-19 in the United States.

“This Court’s order creates a substantial risk that cruise ships will exacerbate the introduction and spread of the virus in the United States,” the CDC wrote in its appeal.


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