The US State of Texas has joined Florida in banning businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, including the cruise industry.
This action flies in the face of the CDC.
“Texas is open 100%,” tweeted Texas Governor Gregg Abbott on 7th June. “Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements. Today, I signed a law that prohibits any TX business or government entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information.”
This announcement came on the same day as Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) said it would resume sailings on two cruise ships from Galveston next month, providing all passengers were vaccinated.
CCL President, Christine Duffy, said, “The current CDC requirements for cruising with a guest base that is unvaccinated will make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children who sail with us. As a result, our alternative is to operate our ships from the US during the month of July with vaccinated guests.”
Florida will impose a $5,000 penalty on any business that requests proof of vaccination. Governor Ron DeSantis has been critical of the CDC citing the economic harm it is causing Florida.
Both Texas and Alaska have joined Florida in a lawsuit seeking to bypass the CDC’s Conditional Sail Order and framework to restart cruises from US ports.
On 10th June, a US federal judge was due to hear arguments on Florida’s motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the CDC.