Rubio, Scott file bill to overturn cruise industry shutdown, resume sailings

Florida

(Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)/(Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (WESH) – Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have filed legislation that would revoke the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s conditional sail order and introduce new safety protocols that would allow cruise lines to resume sailing.

The so-called Cruise Act would require the CDC to revoke the existing order by July 4, a date President Joe Biden has set as a target for the resumption of small gatherings.

The current conditional sail order requires cruise companies to secure agreements with ports and local health authorities in the cities they plan to visit. Once those agreements are in place, the companies can begin test voyages, which are required before customers are welcomed back on board.

Rubio and Scott are the latest Florida politicians to go after the CDC over the industry shutdown.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last week that the state is filing a lawsuit against the federal government and the CDC demanding the reopening of the cruise industry.

The governor said that unless the cruise industry can resume sailings from U.S. ports, people will be going to the Bahamas to get on cruise ships. He said that will lead to missed revenue for the state of Florida.

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