May 10, 2021

Gov. DeSantis suspends all local COVID-19 emergency orders

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will issue an order suspending all remaining local COVID-19 emergency orders.

DeSantis said Monday he doesn’t think those local measures, which include mask mandates, are needed given the widespread availability of vaccine.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” he said. “I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point, if you’re saying that, then you’re really saying you don’t believe in the vaccines.”

DeSantis also signed legislation that will make his COVID-19 vaccine passport ban a permanent law, allow the governor to invalidate local health orders and give the Legislature the power to override future pandemic orders issued by governors.

The legislation takes effect July 1.

Businesses still have the authority to require that customers wear masks in their establishments, DeSantis said.