Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he would lift major quarantine restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the CCP Virus.
The decision mainly aims at releasing food stores and other businesses that have been heavily impacted by the restriction measures in recent months.
According to AP News, Gov. DeSantis said that the pandemic is far from over, but the risk has already diminished. Now it is time to prioritize the economy.
“We are not going to shut anything down in the future,” he told reporters, insisting that the state is prepared if infections increase once again.
Florida has long been a significant focus for the CCP virus, with nearly 700,000 people infected since the start of the pandemic in March. According to the Florida Department of Health, about 14,000 Florida citizens died from the virus.
As in the rest of the country, Florida’s economy collapsed because of the CCP Virus and measures taken to limit its spread. The initial outbreak forced DeSantis to close bars, clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, offices, and administrative centers of all kinds.
Slowly, some companies and offices have been able to reopen their doors, while restaurants and bars did so, at only half their capacity.
Friday’s announcement will allow restaurants to reopen immediately at full capacity. According to the governor’s public statements, it would prevent cities and counties from ordering restaurant closures unless they can justify a closure for economic or health reasons.
The governor also said he would prevent cities and counties from fining people for not wearing masks.
Governor DeSantis is a strong ally of President Trump. Over the past few months, his actions have shown that he shares the idea of implementing smart care to prevent the spread of the virus, but always being careful that “the cure is not worse than the disease.
Attitudes of the Florida governor placed him at the center of the debate during this period. He always defended his citizens’ freedom and the idea of restricting them as little as possible.
He was one of the first governors to state that children should return to school after the break, confronting the Democrats who mostly defend the idea of eternal quarantine.
De Santis was also the first to announce the end of the ban preventing visits to nursing homes since March, as reported by Fox23 News.