Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he would pardon individuals choosing not to wear masks in the the Sunshine State. Appearing live on Fox News, the Republican governor broke the news to a gym-owning couple facing jail time for not following coronavirus safety recommendations.
“It’s a total overreach,” DeSantis told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.”
Masks have become a bizarre political statement in the US after Donald Trump spent weeks playing down their importance. On Wednesday we reported on a new weird twist - anti-maskers say they may now wear one ‘to protect themselves from the vaccinated’.
In the sunshine state, Mike and Jillian Carnevale face up to 120 days in jail for allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation.
“I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,” DeSantis expressed to the Carnevales and their attorney.
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DeSantis continued by saying he would delay the Carnevales case for 60 days, issuing pardons for them as well any Floridian facing infractions for things like masks and social distancing.
“The fact is, it’s not even right to be wearing masks when you’re exercising,” DeSantis said. “The World Health Organization advises against it! It’s not healthy to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction.”
“I think they’ve been treated poorly, but fortunately they’ve got a governor that cares,” DeSantis added.
In April, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear a mask outdoors. Masks are still necessary indoors and within crowded outdoor areas, such as sports stadiums and concert venues.