A federal choose Sunday evening issued a short lived injunction halting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on Covid vaccine passports for cruises.
A lawsuit was filed by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings final month.
US District Judge Kathleen Williams, an Obama appointee, stated DeSantis’ regulation prohibiting vaccine passports possible violates the First Modification.
The Washington Occasions reported:
A federal choose on Sunday halted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination earlier than boarding a cruise in a authorized battle introduced by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
“The statute is a content-based restriction because it singles out documentation regarding a particular subset matter … and subjects it to restrictions … that do not apply to documents regarding other topics,” Judge Williams wrote in her order.
The choose cited the rising variety of COVID-19 instances as a result of delta variant throughout the nation — and particularly in Florida — as a priority for cruises making an attempt to set sail after being shut down final 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Norwegian Cruise Line sued to upend Florida’s ban on requiring vaccine passports earlier than passengers can journey safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic final month.
Mr. DeSantis signed the laws earlier this 12 months barring firms from asking clients if they’ve acquired the COVID-19 vaccine, and it went into impact July 1.
Corporations that violate the regulation might be topic to a $5,000 high quality per buyer.
DeSantis’ workplace stated they are going to attraction the ruling to the eleventh Circuit.
“We disagree with the judge’s legal reasoning and will be appealing to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. A prohibition on vaccine passports does not even implicate, let alone violate, anyone’s speech rights, and it furthers the substantial, local interest of preventing discrimination among customers based on private health information,” the spokesperson stated.
In June, passengers aboard the primary 100% vaccinated North American cruise examined constructive for Covid-19.
Two passengers on the Movie star Millennium, which is operated by Royal Caribbean, examined constructive for Covid-19 throughout end-of-cruise testing which is performed 72 hours earlier than returning to the US.