Florida suspends all local lockdown restrictions
We’re not sure who thought Florida was anything but an all-rounder in terms of lockdown (and really everything else), but Governor DeSantis made it official today. On Monday, May 3rd, he signed an executive order repealing all local emergency ordinances across the state.
This new mandate prohibits county and city governments from enforcing any form of restrictions on the public, including curfews, mask requirements and capacity limits. Our own reopening plans, such as City of Miami’s Stand Up Miami and Miami-Dade’s New Normal Guide, will no longer be relevant. All future orders from local governments must be specific (e.g., the recent Miami Beach curfew in the spring break) and issued in seven-day increments of no more than 42 days in total.
Gov. DeSantis shared the news via a live press conference, adding that private companies can continue to adhere to their own rules as long as they are not hired by local officials. This reiterates its executive order of March 2021, which prohibits any Florida company from requiring customers to provide evidence that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Miami Herald reported. The governor does not think there is a need to continue monitoring citizens at this time, he said.
All of this means carry on as always, Miami. Keep it up.
WATCH LIVE: Press conference in St. Petersburg https://t.co/LIJVq8Tmj0
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 3, 2021