Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends All COVID-19 Emergency Orders

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended all COVID-19 emergency orders issued by local governments. Still, Sebastian officials will have to review the executive order before determining if and how it affects the city.

There are no mask mandates within the City of Sebastian.

“During any emergency, our businesses should be free from government mandates to close, and our schools should remain open for in-person instruction for our children,” DeSantis said during a news conference in St. Petersburg.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, called the move a “risky proposition” as variants of COVID continue to surge.

The governor’s decision will also prohibit “vaccine passports.”

DeSantis also said people “have a right to participate in society, go to a restaurant, movie, a ballgame all these things without having to divulge this type of information.”

The Republican governor also questioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance to continue to wear a mask even if people have been fully vaccinated.

The CDC has encouraged Americans to get vaccinated and still recommends wearing masks in indoor public spaces.

However, the CDC eased its guidelines last week on the wearing of masks outdoors, stating Americans who are fully vaccinated don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and grew up living on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.