Disney Cruise Line is One of Several Entities Under Investigation for Violating Florida’s Vaccine Passport Law
Earlier this year, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, instituted a new vaccine passport law making it illegal for businesses and governments in the state of Florida to require a patron to show proof of a COVID vaccination. Since this bill was signed into law back in May of this year, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that 120 entities are currently under review for violating the law including Disney Cruise Line.
Florida’s vaccine passport line is being overseen by the state’s health department. As of September 16, 2021 any businesses or governments that violate the law will receive a $5,000 fine.
When the law was first released, Norwegian Cruise Line filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida in an effort for them to require all Guests ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated before cruising. This lawsuit was reviewed by a federal judge who issued a temporary injunction on the “vaccine passport” law. With this injunction, Florida is not permitted to enforce the law until a decision for the entire cruise industry, including Disney Cruise Line, is made.
Currently, Disney Cruise Line does require all Guests ages 12 and older to be fully-vaccinated.
When interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, Aileen Marty, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Florida International University’s Medical School said, “From a public health standpoint, there is no doubt that there should not be a ban on vaccine passports. Local, state, regional, federal, and international leaders (political, religious, business, coaches, educators, etc.) should be unified in taking all reasonable health measures to improve the safety and well-being of our community.”
While Disney and other cruise lines might have a temporary injunction placed on Florida’s “vaccine passport” law, other industries do not and are currently listed to be under investigation for violating the law. This includes the Mayor of Orange County, Florida; Jerry Demings – where most of Walt Disney World is located.
Demings said, ” won’t assume until we receive something more definitive that we are in violation or purported to be in violation, so we’ll just have to wait and see. At this point … the courts have not reached the final decision, but the indication is that the Florida law flies in the face of our Florida Constitution and perhaps in the face of common sense.”
Another Disney-related business that finds themselves on the investigation list for violating the law, is House of Blues located in Disney Springs.
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