May 5, 2021

Florida Ends All COVID Emergency Orders

  • Flyover Country

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a bill and an executive order on Monday that ended all emergency orders in the state of Florida, including local orders. DeSantis also banned vaccine passports and put a limit on the number of days a local government can extend emergency orders. 

The Background:

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed a bill and an executive order on Monday that suspended all emergency orders in the state of Florida. DeSantis signed an order last fall that blocked local governments from enforcing orders through fines or other penalties. His latest executive order officially ended all coronavirus-related states of emergency in Florida. DeSantis also signed a bill that put a limit on the number of days a local state of emergency could be extended. 

Democrats have criticized the ending of mask mandates and capacity limits, but DeSantis clarified that businesses are free to set their own guidelines for their facilities. He stated that businesses can require masks if they choose, saying, "This does not deal with that, one way or another." Schools will be allowed to keep their restrictions in effect, as the executive order applies only to government orders. 

"We don't know what's going to happen in the future," DeSantis said. "But I think this creates a structure that's going to be a little bit more respectful, I think, of people's businesses, jobs, schools, and personal freedom."  

When asked about his decision to end all emergency orders, DeSantis stated, “I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point. If you’re saying that, then you’re really saying you don’t believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data, you don't believe in the science. We've embraced the vaccines, we've embraced the science on it.” 

Notable Quotes:

“We’re no longer in a state of emergency. People are going to be able to make decisions, and they have the wherewithal to protect themselves with vaccines if they want.” - Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

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