Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is battling one of Florida’s most important industries upon giving the green light to allow that would make it illegal for business operators to ask their customers if they have received the coronavirus shot. This is a measure that has ruffled the feathers of one industry, the cruise ship industry, which accounts for a big chunk of the State’s revenue. The law, according to cruise ship operators sailing out of Florida ports, claim it only serves to further threaten the already fragile financial situation gripping cruise lines. Meanwhile, the CDC, has made evident their desire for cruise ships to get back at sea for the first time since the coronavirus breakout in March 2020.
Concerns over the spread of COVID aboard cruise ships stems mainly from the large number of people interacting with one another over extended periods of time within close quarters. Thus, the CDC is working along side cruise lines to make it mandatory for passengers, staff, and operators to have been fully vaccinated with one of the COVID vaccines.
However, Governor DeSantis is shooting to make obliging people to get vaccinated to travel aboard a cruise ship illegal, given that it justifies as a sort of discrimination. This is what Governor DeSantis had to say in a recent quote, “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected, and no business or government entity will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”