Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed through a measure banning local cities from enforcing mask mandates amid sky-high statewide coronavirus infection rates, according to a report Wednesday.
H/T: New York Post
The measure, which extends an executive order DeSantis signed in September, prevents local governments from fining folks who fail to mask up — and from ordering restaurants to close without public health or economic data to justify the move, according to clickorlando.com.
DeSantis did not comment on the extension, but he released a video saying Florida is ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are approved.
“In recent days we’ve seen more breakthroughs in the fight of COVID-19,” DeSantis said. “If we can redouble our efforts until the vaccine is deployed, we’ll help safeguard the lives of thousands of Floridians.”
Gov. DeSantis signed Executive Order #20-297 re: Extending Executive Order 20-244: Phase 3; Right to Work; Business Certainty; Suspension of Fines. pic.twitter.com/ub1cInOdGH— Linda Stewart (@LindaStewartFL) November 24, 2020
I’ve been meeting with federal officials involved in Operation Warp Speed & have been able to get key questions answered for Florida. We have been working to procure therapeutic treatments for our hospitals & are ready to begin distributing vaccines pending FDA approval. pic.twitter.com/fGFS36CgRU— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 24, 2020
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) extended his order blocking local governments from enforcing mask mandates across the Sunshine State. https://t.co/6Sc6ILY4p8— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 25, 2020