‘We’re no longer in a state of emergency’: Florida government Ron deSantis lifts ALL remaining COVID rules and ban vaccine passports – but companies can still enforce masks and social distancing
- Ron DeSantis announced on Monday that he was signing an executive order to override any state or municipal rules on COVID that go into effect July 1.
- He signed another order, which means they can’t apply it from now until then
- The rules apply to public areas; it is unclear whether they apply to public transport
- His order also prohibits enforcement of vaccine passports
- DeSantis has always been one of the most lenient drivers when it comes to COVID rules
- Florida is notorious for not enforcing social aloofness or masks
Florida Governor Ron deSantis on Monday lifted all remaining state COVID rules, including wearing masks, saying the state is “ no longer in a state of emergency. ”
DeSantis was at a waterfront restaurant in St. Petersburg when he signed SB-2006 – a bill that allows him to override all local regulations and ban vaccine passports from July 1.
He said the introduction of the vaccine in Florida – where more than 6 million doses have been administered to a population of 21.48 million – has been so successful that anyone who hasn’t had one chooses not to.
“Right now, the people who haven’t been vaccinated are certainly not the result of a lack of supply or lack of availability,” he said.
His order means that in public places there are no longer any COVID rules at all, including social aloofness and masks.
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DeSantis was at a waterfront restaurant in St. Petersburg when he signed SB-2006 – a bill that allows him to lift all local regulations and ban vaccine passports from July 1
DeSantis signed the bill – SB 2006 – at The Big Catch, a restaurant in Saint Petersburg
Vaccine rollout in Florida: About 8.5 million people have been vaccinated, but it is unclear whether they received one or two doses
It is unclear what the rules will be on public transportation, on planes going in and out of Florida, or at airports.
However, private companies can choose to enforce their own rules, which is largely the case in Florida.
There has never been a statewide mask mandate in Florida, nor are there any state-imposed rules of social distancing.
Instead, democratic stronghold cities and provinces have imposed their own rules.
Many say they saved the state from a COVID problem and that if it had been up to deSantis all along, more would have died.
DeSantis said his executive order would allow people to finally return to normal.
‘We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but I think this creates a structure that will be a little bit more respectful, I think, for people’s jobs, schools and personal freedom. ‘
DeSantis also said that because so many people were now vaccinated, telling everyone who has it that they should still wear a mask undermines confidence in the vaccines themselves.
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“People who say they have to monitor people right now are saying you don’t believe in the vaccines, you don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science,” he said.
Among those who criticized his decision was Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
It feels like he’s poking the ball on the 10-yard line. He’s following political ideology more than science throughout this entire pandemic, ”he said.
To be clear, cities like St. Pete, Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Miami Beach saved Florida and the Governor during this pandemic.
Can you imagine each city being run by Ron DeSantis?
How many lives would have been lost? What would our economy look like today? Saint Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman said in another tweet.