The Perfect Enemy | Gov. Ron DeSantis outlines COVID-19 policies that will protect Floridians from ‘biomedical security state’ - WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm
February 2, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis outlines COVID-19 policies that will protect Floridians from ‘biomedical security state’ – WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

Gov. Ron DeSantis outlines COVID-19 policies that will protect Floridians from ‘biomedical security state’  WPTV News Channel 5 West Palm

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis was in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday where he laid out new COVID-19 rules and mandates that he hopes the Legislature will pass in the upcoming legislative session.

The governor spoke at the Todd Herendeen Theater in Panama City Beach.

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“When the world lost its mind, Florida was a refuge of sanity, serving strongly as freedom’s linchpin,” DeSantis said. “These measures will ensure Florida remains this way and will provide landmark protections for free speech for medical practitioners.”

DeSantis outlined policies that he said will:

  • Permanently prohibit COVID-19 mask requirements throughout Florida
  • Permanently prohibit COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirement in all schools
  • Permanently prohibit COVID-19 vaccine passports in Florida
  • Permanently prohibit employers from hiring or firing based on MRNA vaccines

The governor said these policies will also protect medical freedom of speech including:

  • Protect medical professionals’ freedom of speech
  • Protect the right to disagree with the preferred narrative of the medical community
  • Protect the religious views of medical professionals

Previous COVID-19-related policies that were approved by the Florida Legislature in 2021 are set to expire on July 1.

“We need to lead with this by making all of these protections permanent in Florida statute, which we’re going to go in the upcoming legislative session,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis was joined by Rep. Dr. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., CFO Jimmy Patronis and Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo.

The Republican majority will ultimately have the final say on the measures. They return to Tallahassee in March.