Florida will lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars a day after President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of supporters at his campaign rally in Jacksonville on Thursday.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he will prohibit local governments from closing businesses or imposing restrictions without justification.
The move comes after the CDC updated statistics that prove the Covid-19 death rate has declined to less than 99.8%.
“There will not be limitations from the state of Florida,” DeSantis said during a press conference Friday. “I think this will be very, very important to the industry. Some of the local [governments] can do reasonable regulations, but you can’t say no after six months and just have people twisting in the wind.”
DeSantis said if local officials want to impose restrictions on residents, they’d better show unaltered economic and health justifications.
“We’re not closing anything moving forward. We have the tools in place,” DeSantis said.