Florida Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions: ‘We are no longer in a state of emergency’

Florida Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions: ‘We are no longer in a state of emergency’

KEY POINTS

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday that immediately suspends the state’s remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions.
  • “I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said at a Monday news conference.
  • Private businesses can still require masks and enforce social distancing and other protective measures.

WASHINGTON — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Monday that immediately suspends all outstanding local Covid-19 emergency orders and related public health restrictions.

“The fact is, we are no longer in a state of emergency,” DeSantis said during a news conference. He acknowledged that Florida was still not done with its fight against the coronavirus but reiterated the nation’s decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said, adding that asking vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks would undermine confidence in the coronavirus vaccines.

Florida governor DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions (cnbc.com)

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