(WatchDogReport.org) – In May, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) banned vaccine passports in the state. That means no business or government entity could demand people provide proof that they’d received a COVID-19 vaccination. The cruise industry said it would require passengers to receive the vaccine, leading to threats of fines from the governor. Recently, DeSantis scored a major victory when one cruise line backed down.
On Friday, June 4, Royal Caribbean announced it would not require proof of vaccination from passengers who depart from Florida or Texas. In a statement, the company said six of its ships would resume trips out of ports in those two states in July and August. They said that all crew members would receive the vaccine before they set sail and “guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated.” If a person is unvaccinated, the company will require the passenger “undergo testing and follow other [unspecified] protocols.”
Royal Caribbean International is reversing course and will no longer require any of its U.S. cruise passengers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. https://t.co/G8odV8DJNA
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) June 6, 2021
The Republican efforts to protect the American people’s privacy paid off. It remains to be seen whether the other cruise lines will follow Royal Caribbean’s lead, but what is clear is that if they don’t, DeSantis won’t take it lying down.
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