Good luck, Ron!
Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday, and banned local fines against people who refuse to wear masks as he seeks to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.
The Republican governor’s order unleashed fresh debate in the politically divided state, where pandemic responses have become intertwined with the upcoming presidential election.
DeSantis, a major ally of President Donald Trump, acknowledged that the pandemic is far from over, but he said the threat has eased and the time has come to reopen for business after six months of “people twisting in the wind.”
The governor’s announcement Friday allows restaurants across the state to immediately reopen at full capacity — and prevents cities and counties from ordering them to close or operate at less than half-capacity, unless they can justify a closure for economic or health reasons.
“We’re not closing anything going forward,” DeSantis said, while insisting that the state is prepared if infections increase again.
The governor, however, allowed local governments to limit bars to 50% capacity, but added that he was “not going to stand in the way” of allowing them to fully reopen.
As part of his reopening plan, the governor barred cities and counties from collecting fines on people who violate social distancing rules or don’t wear face masks. The governor’s order virtually nullifies local ordinances put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“I think we need to get away from trying to penalize people for not social distancing and work with people constructively,” DeSantis said.
Florida Democrats have bemoaned the governor’s push to reopen as hasty.
“No one is advocating for a full-scale lockdown in Florida. But we have been and continue to ask for common sense prevention measures such as face masks, which are essential to preventing further spread,” state Sen. Audrey Gibson said Thursday.
There is absolutely zero chance this will work. The CDC is going to come up with some lunatic statistic, and say that the economy is murdering people and that no economy is worth the lives of all of these millions that are dying.
You have to deal with the conspiracy that is going on in the medical establishment to record all of these fake deaths, and you have to stop testing. Until then, it is you saying, “but we can’t stay shut down forever,” against Anthony Fauci saying you’re murdering people.
Donald Trump is the most famous person in the world, he is 74 and obese and eats McDonald’s every meal. After he survives, there will be room to demand big changes.
Conversely, when people realize what this has done to the economy, there will be room for changes. Though that could be a whole long way off, frankly. They are doing magic managing their ability to print money.