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The White House pushed back the travel industry’s attempt to restart in July, when Florida sued the Biden administration


The White House on Thursday backed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it cut off with travel operators wanting approval to restart trips in July.

The Norwegian yacht route
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aims to resume operations from US ports starting July 4, while Carnival
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this week extend the pause in the US until June 30 and said it could relocate ships from US ports to resume operations.

The CDC has indicated that it is possible to restart in the summer but issued instructions last week that does not specify when operators can resume sailing out of the United States after a long inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on Thursday when a reporter asked about Norway’s attempt to reactivate on July 4, a vacation that President Joe Biden had predicted. Americans can safely gather, at least in small groups.

“The presidential announcement on July 4 had nothing to do with the cruise lines. As you know, it has to do with encouraging Americans to get access to vaccines when they can, ”says Psaki. “So it’s more about small gatherings in your backyard, which is completely different from cruises.”

Psaki told reporters that the CDC must identify the guidelines for the tourism industry and then update them. She said: “I didn’t foresee that, but I would postpone with them for any expectation they could change those guidelines. Again, they rely on the health and wellness specialists working at the CDC. They rely on data. “

The press secretary declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by the state of Florida on Thursday against the Biden administration to quickly bring tourism routes back into operation from US ports.

“Florida is fighting back today,” said the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, when announcing legal action, according to the report. an Orlando Sentinel report. “We don’t believe the federal government has the power to sabotage a major industry for more than a year based on very little evidence and very little data.”

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