DeSantis warns he’ll take legal fight against CDC’s COVID-19 cruise ship rules to Supreme Court if necessary

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Monday that his state will fight a recent court order that left in place Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restrictions on cruise ships amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While addressing the recent ruling at a press conference, DeSantis said his administration is “absolutely going to pursue” its legal options, either in the same court that issued the new ruling or at the U.S. Supreme Court.

A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to grant the temporary stay in a 2-1 decision late Saturday. The ruling occurred shortly before a previous order blocking the rules from Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida was about to go in effect, Reuters reported.

The last-minute ruling arrived months after DeSantis announced the state’s lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that the CDC was overstepping its authority with sailing orders and health requirements for cruise ships.

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