Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended the “state of emergency” order that broadens state powers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order was set to expire at midnight on Tuesday. DeSantis had until 11:59 p.m. Monday to extend the order. On Tuesday afternoon, the governor’s office issued Executive Order 21-94 and said the order had been extended for another 60 days.
DeSantis has been extending the order in 60-day increments since it was first signed in March of 2020.
Under the order, the governor is allowed to activate the state’s emergency operations center and deploy National Guard troops if necessary.
The order has also allows the state to receive federal funding to help slow the spread of the virus and gives local and state agencies the power to implement mask mandates and other coronavirus restrictions.