As some governors across the United States introduce new restrictions amid a boom in coronavirus infections, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has continued adamantly trying to keep businesses open and not punish residents.
This week, DeSantis extended an enforcement order issued in September that would prevent local authorities from punishing residents for failing to wear masks and other COVID-19-related violations. This prevents businesses, such as restaurants, from closing down without economic or health reasons.
The “Preservation of the State’s Economic Viability” regulation also prohibits municipalities from requiring restaurants to operate at less than 50% of their indoor capacity. And in cases where they operate with less than 100% indoor capacity, local officials need to explain why the restrictions are necessary for public health.
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DeSantis has suspended the collection of fines and penalties imposed on individuals for coronavirus restrictions – although the restrictions themselves still appear to be permissible.
Florida registered 8,145 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Los Angeles is expected to move forward, with a ban on personal outdoor meals coming into effect on Wednesday night as the state jumps in confirmed cases. The country’s most populous county is also considering issuing another home condemnation order. Most residents are currently subject to a curfew at 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced new restrictions on New York City’s bars, restaurants and gyms, which took effect on Friday, while the city also closed schools and personal learning last week.
Both the Cuomo and California Governor Gavin Newsom have warned about holiday travel – worried that face-to-face meetings could accelerate the ongoing growth of infections and hospitalizations.
According to Johns Hopkins, a total of more than 12 million Americans came down with the virus.
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