Alaska joined Florida in a lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over a no-sail order that has impacted the cruise ship industry.
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy of Alaska claimed the cruise ship industry in his state has lost $3 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported Thursday.
“I’m fighting to ensure our tourism business and communities have a chance,” Dunleavy said, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Luxury Cruise Ships Scrapped As Coronavirus Batters The Industry)
Coastal communities hit hard by the no sail order are calling on the federal government to resume sailings immediately. https://t.co/ObvIXX232O
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“We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said, according to ABC 6. “They’re going to fly to the Bahamas and they’re going to spend the money in the Bahamas. So how does that make any sense?”
The CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order allowed cruise ships to begin sailing in November of 2020, but passengers are still not allowed on board. It remains unclear when cruise ships will welcome passengers back on board.
Dunleavy’s announcement Tuesday claimed the CDC was overlooking the safe reopening of the cruise industry in other countries, USA Today reported.