Infection levels in Florida have risen 51% in the last seven days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state reported 134,506 new Covid cases from July 30 to Aug. 5, more than any other 7-day period tracked by JHU, and new case positivity is at 18.9%.

“It’s scary what’s happening in Florida,” Derek Shaffer, an attorney for Norwegian Cruise Line, said during a court hearing held Friday to request the injunction. “All of Florida is a hot spot … All we’re doing is trying to protect our staff and passengers.”

Norwegian cruise can require florida passengers to be vaccinated judge rules

Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio said the company is trying to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

“The health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit is our number one priority, today, tomorrow and forever,” Del Rio said in a statement Sunday. “It’s not a slogan or a tagline, we fiercely mean it and our commitment to these principles is demonstrated by the lengths our Company has gone through to provide the safest possible cruise experience from Florida.”

“You can’t discriminate against customers on the basis of their refusal to give you information,” Patterson said. On Friday, Norwegian said its second-quarter loss grew to $717.8 million, or $1.94 per share, on revenue of $4.37 million. The company said it expects it will continue to post losses until the cruise line is able to resume regular voyages.

In his argument, Shaffer said “no cruise line in Norwegian’s position can afford to withstand” a fine of that amount. Shaffer claimed the Florida legislature wants to “score political points” in the vaccination debate.

This is the current situation right now. What the best thing you know is to keep up the updates.