Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is taking enforcement action to suspend all localsimmediately issue emergency mandates and issue an enforcement order to ban all local COVID-19 emergency mandates in the state from 1 July.
DeSantis cited the abundant availability of vaccines in the Sunlight State and said supply had now overshadowed demand. According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 20.9 million doses were distributed to the state and 15.5 million shots were delivered in a state of roughly 21.5 million inhabitants. DeSantis made the announcement when it signed a bill that would ban entities, including private companies, from requiring so-called “vaccine passports,” and that it would amend the state’s emergency management law by limiting local emergency powers.
“What I’m going to do to sign the bill will take effect on July 1,” DeSantis said in a signature in St. Petersburg on Monday. “Under the bill, I will also sign an enforcement order that will invalidate all remaining local emergency COVID orders in effect on July 1. But to bridge the gap between then and now, I will suspend local emergency orders under my executive power. Because COVID “I think it’s evidence-based.”
DeSantis says its administration wants people to “have fun” and “live freely in the state of Florida.”
DeSantis has already unilaterally banned private companies from requiring proof of vaccination to enter. The Vaccine Passport Prohibition Act, effective July 1, carries a $ 5,000 fine when a business or school requires proof of vaccination.
DeSantis was a Republican and potential 2024 presidential candidate among the governors who was the fastest to throw away COVID-19 security protocols.
But other, more liberal jurisdictions are also moving toward removing restrictions on COVID-19. New York City expects to return to full capacity by July 1. CDC director Rochelle Walensky said July 1 is a reasonable goal for normalization if vaccinations continue to grow at the same rate as before and if cases continue to decline at the same rate.
More than 100 million Americans are now vaccinated, the White House announced last week.
Jack Renaud contributed to the report.