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DeSantis grants clemency to Broward gym owners facing jail for mask violations

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis puts on his mask as he leaves a news conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Miami. DeSantis acknowledged Monday that the new coronavirus is spreading and urged people to take precautions such as wearing masks in public places, social distancing and avoiding crowds. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gov. Ron DeSantis is granting clemency to a Broward County gym owner who was taken in to custody several times for not enforcing the mask order required during COVID pandemic.

According to Fox News segment both Mile Carnevale and his wife Jillian were being interviewed, DeSantis called the arrests a “total overreach.”

“The fact is not even right to be wearing a mask when you exercising, “DeSantis said. “It’s not healthy for people to be doing that in the first place, so it’s a bad restriction, but these things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.

The Governor stated that the state’s clemency board would issue pardons to all Floridians who received fines for masks and social distancing violations during the pandemic.

“I believe I’m being targeted because I stood up to Broward County, “Carnevale said.

“We have an attorney and we’re not going to back down, “he said.

Carnevale’s attorney said the would not accept the initial plea deal a judge offered after the first arrest.

He filed a lawsuit against Broward County over the mask mandate.