TAMPA, Florida: The state of Florida has filed suit to block a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to not allow the reopening of the U.S. cruise industry.
Florida is one of America's largest ports for cruise ships, which is an important source of revenue for Florida.
In the lawsuit, Florida noted that the cruise industry has been closed for one year.
The suit seeks an injunction to prevent the CDC from continuing the ban on operating cruise ships and to end the nationwide lockdown on the cruise industry.
In the first months of the pandemic, there were large outbreaks of COVID-19 on a number of cruise ships.
In the lawsuit, Florida said it has suffered a $300 million loss at its ports since the pandemic started.
"We must allow our cruise liners and their employees to get back to work and safely set sail again," added Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Florida said in its lawsuit that "it now appears the CDC will continue that lockdown until November 2021, even though vaccines are now available to all adults who want them."
"The CDC guidance is based on data and health and medical guidelines," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, when asked about the lawsuit.