Florida judge allows cruise line to require proof of vaccination despite state ban

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NBC News 08 August, 2021 - 09:55pm 89 views

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams of the state's southern district ruled that the cruise line would be "irreparably injured" by the state prohibition, leaving it no way to ensure that thousands of passengers who will remain in close quarters for days have been vaccinated.

The decision, which is preliminary and will remain in effect as the company pursues a permanent ruling, comes a week before its first scheduled departure in more than a year.

The state Health Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

DeSantis has said that the law was aimed at protecting Floridians' "personal choice regarding vaccinations" and that no business or government agency "will be able to deny you services based on your decision."

In a statement, Norwegian said the order will allow it to operate "in the safest way possible with 100% vaccination of all guests and crew when sailing from Florida ports."

Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.

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Norwegian Cruise Wins Order Protecting Vaccines Requirement

Bloomberg 08 August, 2021 - 09:29pm

U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams in Miami on Sunday ruled that the law can’t be enforced while the legal fight is playing out. The cruise line sued the state in July, saying the statute violates federal law and may force it to cancel upcoming cruises.

Judge rules Norwegian Cruise Line can require proof of COVID-19 vaccine despite Florida law

WFTV Orlando 08 August, 2021 - 08:23pm

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line on Sunday and will allow the cruise line to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination on cruises out of Florida.

The preliminary injunction was issued despite a Florida law banning any “vaccine passports.”

Norwegian Cruise Line asked a federal judge to block a Florida law prohibiting cruise companies from demanding that passengers show written proof of coronavirus vaccination before they board a ship.

Norwegian officials have previously stated the “vaccine passport” ban, signed into law in May by Gov. Ron DeSantis, jeopardizes the health and safety of passengers and crew and is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee, among other things.

A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings released the following statement:

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