Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an Executive Order fully opening up the sunshine state for business. The Executive order:
- Opens up all businesses without restriction.
- Suspends all fines for not wearing a face mask.
- Allows sports to be played in Florida, including the Super Bowl in February 2021.
Governor DeSantis stated, “There will not be limitations, from the state of Florida.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is lifting all restrictions on businesses statewide that were imposed to control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Most significantly, that means restaurants and bars in the state can now operate at full capacity.
Up to now, restaurants and bars in Florida could serve customers indoors at 50% of legal occupancy. DeSantis said his new executive order lifts that restriction statewide, though local governments can keep additional limits in place if they’re justified for health or economic reasons.
“Every business has the right to operate,” DeSantis said. “Some of the locals can do reasonable regulations. But you can’t just say no.”
DeSantis also said his order would stop cities and counties from fining people for not wearing mandated face coverings. He said fines and other penalties imposed so far would be suspended.
Currently, Miami-Dade, Broward and other counties in South Florida have locally imposed limits on the hours restaurants and bars can operate and how many customers they can serve indoors.
Florida is now officially open for business.
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