Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended remaining lockdown restrictions in his state on Monday by executive order and outlawed so-called vaccine passports.
The executive order from DeSantis immediately suspends COVID-19-related restrictions implemented by local governments within the state, such as masking mandates.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, DeSantis said the order was the “evidence-based thing to do,” citing the state’s stellar vaccine rollout, particularly for seniors, who generally are most vulnerable to the virus.
“I think folks that are saying that they need to be policing people at this point, if you’re saying that, you really are saying you don’t believe in the vaccines, you don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science,” said DeSantis. “… You look around and there have been areas that have been under the yoke of some serious restrictions and lockdowns for months and months and months on end.”
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