Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., on Monday announced he was using his executive powers to suspend all local COVID-19 orders in the state, effective immediately.
DeSantis also signed a bill limiting local governments’ ability to shut down businesses and schools during an emergency, WPLG reported. The governor said the bill was “evidence-based.” “I think folks that are saying 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,” DeSantis said during a press conference at a St. Petersburg restaurant. “You don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science. We’ve embraced the vaccines. We’ve embraced the science on it.”