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DeSantis: the free market does too much to protect public health

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Some companies think the health of their customers is important, and Ron DeSantis thinks they should be preempted by fiat:

Silversea Cruises became the second major cruise line to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all passengers when it resumes global itineraries on June 5.

The decision could set up a confrontation with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis when the luxury cruise line is scheduled to sail from Port Everglades in December.

DeSantis’ press office on Monday asserted that his recent executive order barring businesses from requiring proof of vaccinated customers extends to cruise lines operating in Florida.

“The Governor’s Executive Order provides that businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” press secretary Cody McCloud said by email. “Therefore, the Executive Order prohibits cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations.”

DeSantis’s authority to apply his executive order to the international cruise industry seems particularly shaky, but given how many federal judges agree with DeSantis that the only meaningful “principle” is “owning the libs” who knows.

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