July 25, 2021
Less than a month after the Supreme Court refused to disturb a federal moratorium on evictions imposed by the Centers for Disease Control because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Florida on Friday asked the justices to block the COVID-related restrictions that the CDC had outlined for cruise ships to follow before returning to sea. A federal district judge had blocked the CDC from enforcing the restrictions in Florida, but on July 17th the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit put his ruling on hold, prompting the state to seek emergency relief at the Supreme Court.
It turns out that the Supreme Court may not need to get involved. Shortly after Florida filed its emergency request at the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit withdrew its July 17th order, meaning that the CDC is blocked from enforcing its restrictions in Florida while the litigation proceeds in the 11th Circuit.
Meanwhile, ironically, CNN reports that Florida’s current seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 cases is the highest in the nation.
Gosh, I don’t know. Maybe the CDC is… following the science?