Florida threatens to slap cruise lines with tens of thousands of dollars in fines

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Florida threatens to slap cruise lines with tens of thousands of dollars in fines for requiring passengers to show proof of COVID vaccinations

  • Florida’s vaccine mandate could lead to hefty fines for cruise ships
  • They could be fined $5,000 per customer required to show proof of vaccination
  • “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations is protected,” Governor Ron DeSantis said last month

Florida has threatened to penalize cruise lines with tens of thousands of dollars in fines for requiring passengers to show proof of Covid-19 vaccines.

The state can fine cruise lines up to $5,000 per customer required to show proof of vaccination.

It comes after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law banning bars, schools, restaurants and other businesses from asking customers if they have been vaccinated against the virus.

The mandate puts the state in direct conflict with cruise ships, which must verify their customer’s vaccination status.

The state of Florida can fine cruise lines up to $5,000 per customer required to show proof of vaccination

The state of Florida can fine cruise lines up to $5,000 per customer required to show proof of vaccination

DeSantis stated his decision last month during a bill signing: “In Florida, your personal choice regarding vaccinations will be protected and no company or government agency will be able to deny you services based on your decision.”

He signed the bill five days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave the go-ahead for cruise ships to start sailing from US ports this summer.

The CDC has announced that cruise ships will be able to sail again in July, as long as 98 percent of their crew and 95 percent of their passengers are vaccinated.

The state ban on vaccine mandates conflicts with the CDC’s demands to resume the cruise industry after more than a year of shutdown.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured above, signed a law banning bars, schools, restaurants and other businesses from asking customers if they have been vaccinated against the virus

Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured above, signed a law banning bars, schools, restaurants and other businesses from asking customers if they have been vaccinated against the virus

Industry executives have expressed concern about DeSantis’ ban on vaccine mandates and have warned investors that they may have to move their operations out of Florida.

DeSantis has shown no signs of withdrawal. He told reporters on Friday, “We are going to enforce Florida law.

“I mean, we have Florida law. We have laws that protect people and the privacy of our citizens, and we’re going to enforce them.”

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