Publix and Florida public schools to continue mask requirements

Grocery store chain Publix and Florida’s public school system will continue to require the use of masks despite measures signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis[1] lifting coronavirus restrictions.

Hillsborough County schools clarified that DeSantis’s Monday easing of COVID-19[2] restrictions does not apply to school districts.

“The Florida[3] Department of Education (FLDOE) sent out guidance late yesterday confirming that the Governor’s orders DO NOT apply to school districts instead they ONLY impact city and county government entities,” the school district said. “The FLDOE specifically states neither EO-21-101 nor EO-21-102 impact any school district’s policies for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.”

RON DESANTIS SIGNS BILL BANNING VACCINE PASSPORTS AND SUSPENDS LOCAL VIRUS EMERGENCY ORDERS[4]

The school district said Executive Order 21-102, which suspends local COVID-19 emergency orders, “only impacts city and county governments, and does NOT impact school districts and individual schools.”

Executive Order 21-101[5], which does not go into effect until July 1 and invalidates “any emergency order issued by a political subdivision due to the COVID-19 emergency which restricts the rights or liberties of individuals or their businesses,” only affects “restrictive COVID-19 orders/ordinances that are adopted through emergency enactment,” according to the school district.

The schools’ decision was panned by some parents groups, which had hoped students would be able to return to classrooms without wearing masks.

“What does it say about the current government structure of public schools that a Governor can effectively end all Covid restrictions in a state, but has no power to #unmaskourchildren?” asked Moms for Liberty, a group of conservative mothers that promotes liberty in Florida classrooms.

DeSantis also imposed one of the strictest bans on vaccine passports in the United States, prohibiting both public and private entities from requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Publix, whose ties to the governor have been subject to controversy, told[9] FOX 13 it will not change its mask protocols. Representatives for Publix and DeSantis did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

The state’s largest grocery chain rejected a pay-for-play scheme alleged in a 60 Minutes segment on CBS last month. Publix called[10] the suggestion its vaccine[11] distribution deal resulted from donations to DeSantis’s campaign “false and offensive.”

“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive,” the company said in a statement[12].

DeSantis also criticized the “smear merchants” who pushed the report, which he termed a “piece of horse manure.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER[13]

The state of Florida has diagnosed more than 2.2 million cases of COVID-19, and 35,307 deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker[14].

Nearly 6 million Floridians are fully vaccinated, more than 28% of the state’s population, according to the tracker.

References

  1. ^ Ron DeSantis (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  2. ^ COVID-19 (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  3. ^ Florida (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  4. ^ RON DESANTIS SIGNS BILL BANNING VACCINE PASSPORTS AND SUSPENDS LOCAL VIRUS EMERGENCY ORDERS (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  5. ^ Executive Order 21-101 (www.flgov.com)
  6. ^ #unmaskourchildren (twitter.com)
  7. ^ https://t.co/4I2wRpyj4S (t.co)
  8. ^ May 4, 2021 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ told (www.fox13news.com)
  10. ^ called (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  11. ^ vaccine (ww11.doh.state.fl.us)
  12. ^ statement (twitter.com)
  13. ^ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  14. ^ Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker (coronavirus.jhu.edu)