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DeSantis Extends Florida COVID Emergency Order Another 60 Days

Ron DeSantis
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis renewed the COVID-19 emergency order first issued in 2020 for an additional 60 days Tuesday afternoon. The order allows the governor to activate the National Guard and activate the state Emergency Operations Center if needed. A number of local communities have their mask-mandates tied to the state order which would have been lifted had the order been allowed to lapse. The original order also allows healthcare workers licensed in other states to practice in Florida during the emergency. Citing a ‘manageable trend in COVID-19 cases’ and ‘over 8.5 million vaccinated individuals… the state should prepare to resume non-emergency operations,’ the governor said in the latest order. A mask mandate remains in effect for Palm Beach County.