ST. PERTERSBURG, Floride. – Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday signed an executive order that will suspend all COVID-19 emergency orders issued by local governments in Florida.
DeSantis signed the executive order to bridge the gap before a law achieving the same goal goes into effect on July 1.
DeSantis said the new law would also allow the legislature to step in and potentially overturn any kind of emergency orders issued by a governor in the future.
“I think it’s the right thing to do based on the evidence,” DeSantis said at a press conference in St. Petersburg. “In the event of an emergency, our businesses should be free of any government mandate to shut down, and our schools should remain open for in-person teaching for our children.”
The new order comes as health officials – including Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House – have said opening Florida without coronavirus precautions was a “risky proposition” as variants of the sometimes fatal virus continued to increase.
The Florida Department of Health reported 3,916 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s overall total to 2,242,778 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020. Florida reported 31 new virus-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 35,968.
The bill signed on Monday will also ban “vaccine passports,” the controversial idea that would allow companies to demand vaccines.
“You have the right to participate in society, to go to a restaurant movie, to a ball game all of those things without having to disclose that type of information,” DeSantis said.
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