A Saturday night ruling from a Federal Court of Appeals panel overturned a finding by a District Court judge that would have set aside cruise rules issued by the Centers for Disease Control. The ruling came only minutes before the previous order would have turned CDC's Conditional Sailing Order from rules to suggestions.
Florida passed a law earlier this year making it illegal, with $5000 per passenger penalties, for cruise companies to ask or check passengers' vaccination status, in effect barring companies from complying with CDC's conditions for fast-track resumption of sailing with vaccinated passengers and crew.
Florida Gov. Ron de Santis has not yet commented on the new ruling, which can still be appealed to the entire Eleventh Circuit or eventually to the Supreme Court.