Governor DeSantis Says Florida Will Have No New Lockdowns, Mask Mandates, or Other COVID-19 Measures
In a press conference today, Governor Ron DeSantis stated that Florida would have no more anti-COVID-19 measures, including lockdowns or mask mandates, though cases continue to rise in the state and the rest of the U.S.A.
He specifically said there would be “no lockdowns, no fines, no school closures. No one’s losing their job because of a government dictate. Nobody’s losing their livelihood or their business. That is totally off the table.”
The press conference at Boggy Creek Elementary was highlighting an order that allows Florida schools to stay open for the rest of the year.
There were 54,246 new COVID-19 cases and 509 reported deaths last Sunday to Sunday according to the state health department. Total cases for the state are nearing 1 million and deaths are nearing 19,000.
DeSantis has prevented local governments from imposing mask mandates and waived outstanding fees for non-compliance of previously issued mandates.
Private businesses like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort are able to impose their own mask mandate. As of now masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required throughout Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Orange County, where Walt Disney World resides, has also maintained a mask mandate since June.