As if freedom-loving conservatives needed any more reason to consider the Governor of Florida a political hero, Ron DeSantis took action to lift all remaining local COVID-19 restrictions throughout the state.
During a signing ceremony held in St. Petersburg, FL, on Monday, DeSantis signed an “evidence-based” executive order on Monday suspending COVID restrictions statewide, as well as a new law restricting government officials’ pandemic power.
“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said regarding his controversial move to lift all restrictions.
“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,” he added.
Pursuant to the executive order, Governor DeSantis also signed Senate Bill 2006, which bans “vaccine passports” and adds new checks and balances to state and local officials’ power during any future pandemics.
According to the new law, the governor will have the power to overturn cities and counties, the legislature will be able to overrule the governor’s restrictions or mandates, and city and county commissions will be able to override the mayors.
Furthermore, new restrictions will also be placed on officials’ ability to impose mask mandates, stay-at-home orders, and other related rules.
Any emergency order issued by a city or county must be “limited in duration, applicability, and scope in order to reduce any infringement on individual rights or liberties to the greatest extent possible,” the law states, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Both of the governor’s legislative actions will be effective simultaneously as of July 1.
The governor’s actions on Monday make Florida the first state to lift any and all ordinances pertaining to the pandemic.
Hopefully, the state is the first of many dominoes to fall in returning life in America “back to normal.”