Florida’s Ron DeSantis on Monday signed an executive order suspending all COVID-19 restrictions – supporting local authorities’ epidemiological regulations.
—Mary Allen Class (@MaryEllenKlas) 3 May, 2021
“We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” DeSantis said in a briefing, announcing the move. “But I think it creates a structure that’s going to be a little more respectable, I think, about people’s businesses, jobs, schools, and personal freedom.”
DeSantis also signed a bill banning vaccine passports.
The Florida governor signed two executive orders that lifted the ban and another that barred local officials from passing any new COVID-19 ordinances.
-Ron Desantis (@GovRonDeSantis) 3 May, 2021
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state reported a seven-day 6.4% positivity rate for new COVID-19 cases on May 2, with 3,155 cases.
After the order was signed, Walt Disney World updated its website with a statement stating: “We are aware of Florida’s plans to revise the COVID-19 guidelines. We evaluate this latest guidance And maintain their current health and safety measures. ” This time, including face-covering requirements.
“We will continue to make thoughtful adjustments to our policy. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, we encourage people to get vaccinated.”
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Chrisman disavowed DeSantis of the COVID-19 ban: “This act, it is not for the protection of Floridians. It is for politics,” he said.
—The Recount (@therecount) 3 May, 2021