Florida Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions: 'We are no longer in a state of emergency'
-Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday that immediately suspends the state's remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions.
-"I think that's the evidence-based thing to do," DeSantis said at a Monday news conference.
-Private businesses can still require masks and enforce social distancing and other protective measures.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||Last Saturday at 8:39 PM|
Yay! More dead dumb Floridians!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/03/2021|
Doin' the things a Florida can
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/03/2021|
We are getting there, but of course the fucker wants to rush it. Florida is still only at 42% with one shot. You'd want the vaccine percentage higher before you do this.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/03/2021|
I can't believe there are people who are pushing for his asshole to run for President. Even one who posts here.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/03/2021|
We still need to hold out just a bit longer
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/03/2021|
They’ve been manipulating the numbers.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/03/2021|
Our local municipality cancelled all mask mandates just as our numbers were going up, this is probably happening all over the country and we're going to have another wave of illness, it's so damn frustrating.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/03/2021|
r8 -- yes, FL is not reporting accurate #s.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/03/2021|
I'm convinced they are actively trying to sabotage the Biden administration as a favor to their former dear leader, even if it comes at the expense of public health.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/03/2021|
R12 As Machiavellian as that sounds, I would not be in the least surprised.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/03/2021|
One of my favorite songs about Florida. Should be the state song.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/03/2021|
R14 The band’s name is certainly apropos!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/03/2021|
R12 that makes me sick and it’s probably true. They won’t succeed, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/03/2021|
When is this little porker going to die of stupid? His state is loaded with it
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/03/2021|
This will end in many, many lawsuits.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/03/2021|
People are sick of it. I'm sick of it. I've had my shots and anyone who wants it can get the vaccine where I live.
It's a smart political move.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/03/2021|
This guy is going to be president in 2024 or 2028 unless democrats organize and get rid of him in 2022. He’s a huge danger and we ignore him at our peril. The guy is a really good politician and is really popular in Florida. Be afraid.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/03/2021|
r20 -- DeSantis is a very dangerous man.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/03/2021|
I'm hoping he's involved in the Matt Gaetz scandal. I'm betting he is
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/03/2021|
R22 I doubt it. He’s too smart to get involved in stuff like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/03/2021|
Yeah, he is the kind of belligerent piece of shit that appeals to many American pieces of shit (i.e. The Republicans). Even though he looks like a cro-magnon fresh from the cave, he's got a BA from Yale and a JD from Harvard. He's smarter than he looks and thus he's extremely dangerous.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/03/2021|
Those of you who confidently state that Florida has been dishonest with its numbers: do you have hard evidence of this? Because if not, you're just as bad as those that confidently state the election was stolen.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/03/2021|
R25 Did you forget or even know about Rebekah Jones?
[quote] On May 5th, Jones was fired from her position at the Florida Department of Health. She claimed that the state pressured her to strategically align COVID-19 case data with Florida's goal to reopen the state, and launched an independent COVID-19 data dashboard for the state of Florida in response. Jones did not challenge the state's data on cases, deaths, hospitalizations, or testing, and she used data from the state in her own dashboard. Her initial allegations amounted to disagreements about the method by which the state computed test positivity rates, which had been previously announced on April 24th, as well as a state policy on reopening of rural counties which was permitted under federal guidelines.
[quote]Her dashboard also differed from the state in how it presented tests: her dashboard counted the number of people tested, while the state counted the number of tests administered. Jones also alleged that the state ordered her to delete positive test results from January 2020. A spokesperson for the Department of Health responded that the dates Jones referred to were "event dates" which corresponded to dates when individuals may have come into contact with the virus, rather than dates when they tested positive. The spokesperson also criticized Jones' COVID-19 dashboard for including antibody tests for counting virus tests with antibody tests and for counting non-resident deaths.
[quote]Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has denied the allegations, saying that she has provided no evidence. The governor claimed that she was dismissed for making unilateral decisions about the dashboard without consulting others on the team.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/03/2021|
Back in January:
[quote] Jones announced on social media Saturday that she planned to turn herself in: “To protect my family from continued police violence, and to show that I'm ready to fight whatever they throw at me, I'm turning myself into police in Florida Sunday night."
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/03/2021|
At what percentage should we lift the mask mandate. This is Whitmer's plan in Michigan.
[quote] ● Two weeks after 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents) over 16 get one dose, in-person work will be allowed in all business sectors.
[quote] ● Two weeks after 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents) over 16 get at least one dose, indoor capacity at sports stadiums will increase to 25%; indoor capacity at conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes will increase to 25%; gym capacity will increase to 50%; and bars and restaurants will no longer be required to close early.
[quote] ● Two weeks after 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents) over 16 get at least one dose, all indoor capacity limits will be lifted, but social distancing between parties will be maintained. Limits on residential social gatherings will also be relaxed.
[quote] ● Two weeks after 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents) over 16 get at least one dose, the gathers and facemask order will be lifted and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services “will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.”
I could argue the details but I think proposing a plan like this will encourage more people to get vaccinated. However,I've spoken to liberals who think that masks should be worn even after over 80% of people get vaccinated, which doesn't even factor in the people who have natural immunity. In other words, I think there are a certain contingent of people who want masks indefinitely.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/03/2021|
[bold] Report: Florida May Have Undercounted Its COVID-19 Deaths by Thousands[/bold]
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/03/2021|
I know my prayers won't be answered but I hope he gets COVID
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/03/2021|
So please, let’s not in any way play devil’s advocate for this neanderthal looking motherfucker.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/03/2021|
Look-I live in Florida and I can say, without a doubt that
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/03/2021|
[quote] In other words, I think there are a certain contingent of people who want masks indefinitely.
There are people who are so attached to the issue that they can't face a time when things will be normal.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/03/2021|
Just as the Indian variant is out of control and it’s known that an out-of-control variant can lead to more variants, some of which could be resistant to the current vaccines. It’s a big unknown at this point, but I guess you do you, Florida? Lol
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/03/2021|
Jesus Christ, you could show a movie on his suit jacket. Now I don’t feel so bad about my pandemic ten pounds
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/03/2021|
I’m trying to figure out his height. He looks about 5’6”, but photos are confusing.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/03/2021|
This guy is going to be the next POTUS.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/03/2021|
R28 that sounds like a good overall plan and I agree about the motivation. Plus, it’s getting too hot to wear them already (in the winter it’s like wearing another scarf, who even cares), it’s gonna happen soon enough everywhere, it’s inevitable. I’m predicting by July 4th.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/03/2021|
Obviously I want him proven wrong, but I have friends in Fort Lauderdale and Miami whom I don’t want to get sick.
But what if he’s right by some stroke of luck. Good god.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/03/2021|
At this point, I just hope all the anti vaxxers die.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/03/2021|
Good job De Santis.
And others are following his lead.
Starting on May 19th.
(NYTimes) "New York and its neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut announced on Monday that they were lifting almost all their pandemic restrictions, paving the way for a return to fuller offices and restaurants, a more vibrant nightlife and a richer array of cultural and religious gatherings for the first time in a year."
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/03/2021|
NY, NJ & CT are not following De Santis' lead.
They're following the science.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/03/2021|
How does he stand that thickly-cut hairstyle in hot, humid Floriduh?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/03/2021|
R43 I know exactly. Why are so many all or nothing around here (I guess it’s reflective of our country, but still).
The mask mandate will be lifted too - later, but it’s inevitable. I’m guessing before July.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/03/2021|
R43 How is opening NYC on May 19th following the science, but opening Miami now is not?
What scientific difference does the 2 weeks make?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/03/2021|
[quote] The mask mandate will be lifted too - later, but it’s inevitable. I’m guessing before July.
September is my bet
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/03/2021|
this fucking piece of shit also signed a law BANNING vaccine passports and the ability for businesses/schools to require vaccination from covid
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/03/2021|
R32 It is NY that has the most excess (underreported) death of all the states.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/03/2021|
He looks to be about as wide as he is tall.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/03/2021|
Florida has one of the highest Covid rates in the country right now....
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/03/2021|
R48, you know damn well those would never stand up in court.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/03/2021|
He fired the woman who reported the correct data (Rebekah Jones) and later had her arrested and her home searched.
Isn't that enough proof for you, R25?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/03/2021|
R52 they shouldn't but what happens if right wing judges argue that it's a religious right to not get vaccinated? You know how much of a nutter those Coney Barrett, Thomas and Alito types are
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/03/2021|
The government cannot force anyone to take an experimental drug.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/03/2021|
Why are so many "conservatives" fat?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/03/2021|
R46 because NY rates are way wayyy down and they’re doing the reopening methodically - and they still haven’t lifted the mask mandates.
But you knew that.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/03/2021|
[quote]and they still haven’t lifted the mask mandates.
May 19th "New York and its neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut announced on Monday that they were lifting almost all their pandemic restrictions... "
You seem to have a reading comprehension problem.
But we knew that.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/03/2021|
Also re: Florida:
"Private businesses can still require masks and enforce social distancing and other protective measures."
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/03/2021|
"All CT Business Restrictions to Be Phased Out By May 19: Governor"
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/03/2021|
R58 capacity restrictions. Not mask restrictions. That’s not gonna happen until there are vax passes. So yeah.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/03/2021|
R6” You said you were for raising the minimum wage and Medicare for All…
You think he will get either done?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/03/2021|
[quote]capacity restrictions. Not mask restrictions. That’s not gonna happen until there are vax passes. So yeah.
So restaurants can be packed with people. No restrictions on the number of people at a table.
You do realize that we eat without masks don't you?
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/03/2021|
[quote] You do realize that we eat without masks don't you?
"Conscientious" (pessimistic, terrified) diners will largely keep masks on, lowering them quickly for furtive food and drink intake.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/03/2021|
If folks would get the vaccine , then this pandemic can end, but I fear with vaccine hesitancy ...it will be never ending .
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/03/2021|
It is a recipe for disaster but I guess who cares anymore. If you're willing to get permanent organ damage for drinking inside a bar, go for it. Hope it is worth it.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/03/2021|
While I’m vaccinated and ready to go, I’m still wearing a mask. The people who don’t wear a mask indoors and don’t want the vaccine will either face Darwinian consequences or economic consequences when their job requires it or they’ll have to move along. No office is going to risk taking back those folks.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/03/2021|
R58 doesn't understand the word "almost" so I'm not sure why anyone is even bothering with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/03/2021|
Wow, everything opening up just as the India variant has arrived. What could go wrong?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/03/2021|
[quote] "We are no longer in a state of emergency"
Florida is in a perpetual state of emergency, because it's Florida. But ESPECIALLY so, since January 8, 2019.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/03/2021|
Death is coming to your little town, sheriff…
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/03/2021|
Florida 7 day average as of May3rd:
4800 positive cases a day and an average of 60 deaths daily.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/03/2021|
And, Florida's positivty rate is 6.11% and climbing.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/04/2021|
He's using the Trump tactic: if you repeat something often enough, stupid people will believe it.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||Last Saturday at 12:05 AM|
Or, in the case of MAGAts, if you say something stupid once, stupid people will believe it.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||Last Saturday at 9:04 AM|
Trump says DeSantis is 100% pure muscle and very strong.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||Last Saturday at 9:18 AM|
And he knows this how...?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||Last Saturday at 10:40 AM|
[quote]He looks to be about as wide as he is tall.
Lol, I had a childhood friend who as an adult had De Santis' build. My Mom started calling him "Mr. Five by Five." Which convulsed the hell out of me because she was such a straitlaced, protocoligorically correct type.
But she was just remembering that song from her teen years:
|by Anonymous||reply 81||Last Saturday at 4:15 PM|
Hmmmm, somebody with continuing big political aspirations wants to keep on getting elected in our country's most southeastern state version of New Hampshire but with palm trees.. ;)
|by Anonymous||reply 82||Last Saturday at 5:50 PM|
This all reminds me of "Jaws" when the lead character was pressured by the powers-that-be not to ruin tourist season with his silly shark talk.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||Last Saturday at 7:03 PM|
Ending restrictions in this country is long overdue. With the lowest positivity rate in the country, it's a complete joke CA still has restrictions of any kind in place. Newsom could learn a thing or two from DeSantis.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||Last Saturday at 8:37 PM|
Florida 3,977 new cases yesterday. 66 known dead.
Not the time to lift restrictions.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||Last Saturday at 8:39 PM|