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Florida threatens to fine cruises over COVID vaccine requirements

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Florida is threatening to slap cruise lines with tens of thousands of dollars in fines for requiring passengers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination — uncomfortably wedging the sector between a federal mandate and the state’s sensibility.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law earlier this month that banned bars, schools, restaurants and other businesses from asking customers whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The law goes so far as to impose a fine of $5,000 per customer that is required to show proof of vaccination, and the governor hasn’t yet shown any signs of making a carveout for the cruise industry. 

“We are going to enforce Florida law,” DeSantis told reporters Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I mean, we have Florida law. We have laws that protect the people and the privacy of our citizens, and we are going to enforce it.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed to “protect the people and the privacy of our citizens,” with the ban on vaccine mandates.ZUMAPRESS.com

But the state ban on vaccine mandates clashes with cruise industry requirements laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are aimed at giving the industry an opportunity to resume operations after