- 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.