A major cruise liner will allow those who have not taken the coronavirus vaccine on its ships after the governor of Florida threatened to fine companies for asking patrons to prove they have taken the shot.
The Miami Herald reported that Royal Caribbean International previously planned to only allow vaccinated passengers onto its ships, but announced in a Friday press release that they were reversing course.
The company said it would recommend that its passengers take the vaccine, but said it would not require it. Previously the company stated that it intended to enact vaccine protocols suggested by the US Centres and Disease Control that would have required all passengers 18 and over to be vaccinated.
“Guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated, if they are eligible,” the company said in the statement. “Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols, which will be announced at a later date.”
The move came after Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that would penalize companies with $5,000 fines each time they ask a customer to provide proof that they’ve been vaccinated.
A spokeswoman for the company, Lyan Sierra-Caro, told The Miami Herald Royal Caribbean International’s plans to require vaccinations was only going to be implemented for its “test cruises.”
CDC regulations forced cruise ships that did not meet certain vaccination thresholds for passengers and crew