Florida Governor Ron DeSantis extended the executive order that bans local governments from enforcing mask mandates and violations, on Tuesday.
On Sept. 25, DeSantis signed an executive order that prevented municipalities from fining people for violating a mask ordinance and has stated that he’s not going to have any more lockdowns. The Sept 25th order Florida’s move to phase 3, also prevents cities and counties from ordering restaurants to close without justifying it for economic or health reasons.
The extension of the order comes as states across the country are bringing back some restrictions as virus cases surge nationwide.
Earlier this month, Florida Mayors pleaded for Governor DeSantis to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID.
“We understand the economic impact that potentially some of these orders could have but we’re also trying to look at this from a long-term basis as opposed to short term,” said Kriseman. “If we don’t deal with this now, the economic catastrophe that we are facing will be worse if we have to go to a complete shutdown.”
Kriseman was joined by the mayors of Hialeah, Miami Shores Village, Sunrise, and Miami Beach. This group made four specific recommendations, and all agreed on the governor’s plan on keeping the economy open.