Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is taking executive action to suspend all local onesEmergency mandates immediately and enact executive order to ban all local COVID-19 emergency mandates in the state effective July 1st.
DeSantis pointed to the plentiful availability of vaccines in the Sunshine State, saying the supply has now dwarfed demand. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20.9 million doses have been distributed to the state and 15.5 million shots have been given in a state with a population of approximately 21.5 million people. DeSantis announced this when he signed a bill banning corporations, including private companies, from obtaining so-called “vaccination certificates,” and amending the state’s Emergency Management Act by restricting local emergency powers.
“I will sign the bill, it will take effect on July 1st,” DeSantis said while signing the bill in St. Petersburg on Monday. “I will also be signing an executive order under this bill that will invalidate any remaining local emergency COVID orders effective July 1st. To bridge the gap between then and now, under my executive power, I will suspend the local emergency instructions I think , that’s the evidence-based thing. “
DeSantis said his government wanted people to “enjoy themselves” and “live freely” in the state of Florida.
DeSantis had already unilaterally banned private companies from requesting proof of vaccination for entry. Vaccination Passport Prohibition Act, effective July 1, imposes a US $ 5,000 fine if a company or school requires proof of vaccination to enter the country.
DeSantis, a Republican and a potential 2024 presidential candidate, was one of the quickest governors to drop COVID-19 security protocols.
But other, more liberal jurisdictions are also making efforts to lift the COVID-19 restrictions. New York City expects to be back to full capacity by July 1st. CDC director Rochelle Walensky said she thinks July 1 is a sensible goal to get essentially back to normal if vaccinations continue to increase as quickly as they have been and if cases continue to decline at the same pace.
More than 100 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, the White House said last week.
Jack Renaud contributed to the coverage.