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DeSantis: Florida won't relent on ‘vaccine passport' ban, CDC cruise order ‘a farce'

Added 05-14-21 08:23:02am EST - “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the state will not back down in its prohibition against "vaccine passports" despite pressure from the state's $8.1 billion cruise industry and criticism that the ban violates property rights.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “DeSantis: Florida won’t relent on ‘vaccine passport’ ban, CDC cruise order ‘a farce’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the state will not back down in its prohibition against “vaccine passports” despite pressure from the state’s $8.1 billion cruise industry and criticism that the ban violates property rights.

DeSantis said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) conditional-sale order update, which requires 95% of cruise ship passengers and 98% of crew be vaccinated and ships undergo 60 to 90 days of preparation and test sailing before resuming full operations, is “an absolute farce.”

But the Cruise Line International Association’s (CLIA) and individual cruise lines are seeking an exemption from the ban because without requiring proof of vaccination, they fear few people will want to book a cruise.

No way, DeSantis said Thursday during an Ormond Beach news conference, stating the CDC, not Florida, should back down.

“The problem is the CDC. The problem is not Florida,” he said. “’Oh, by the way, if you’re sunbathing you have to make sure they’re wearing a mask while they’re sunbathing. Are you kidding me? That is an absolute farce. So, we’re challenging the authority of the CDC to be involved to this extent.”

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