Alaska will join Florida in taking legal action against the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to hasten the restart of cruising as the industry remains shut down in U.S. waters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the decision on Tuesday. “We deserve the chance to have tourism and jobs,” Dunleavy said in the announcement. “The cruise industry is vital to the economic health of Alaska. Alaska has already suffered an economic loss of $3 billion due to the cancellation of the 2020 cruise ship season, and faces another (unnecessary) economic loss in 2021.”
“The @CDCgov’s arbitrary decision to stop cruise ships placed Alaska businesses & communities in jeopardy,” Dunleavy wrote in a tweet. “Today, Alaska has joined Florida in legal action to stop these destructive policies.”
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