Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has decided to have the state join the lawsuit filed by the State of Florida against the Centers for Disease Control to force it to lift restrictions on cruise ship voyages.
The Governor claims cruise ships have demonstrated their ability to provide for the safety of passengers and crew, and Alaska has led the nation in vaccinations and low hospitalization rates. He added that the cruise industry is vital to the economic health of Alaska. He cited the loss of $3 Billion due to the cancellation of last year's cruise season and the prospect of another economic loss this year which he says is unnecessary.
Attorney General Treg Tayor says CDC simply does not have the authority to arbitrarily shut down an entire industry.