Despite a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Friday morning and said he would not be deterred by "a movement to impose more restrictions on the American people."
"In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida," the governor said during his appearance at a restaurant in Cape Coral.
DeSantis said Floridians will be free to choose what is best for them and that the state will protect its residents' right to work, for businesses to operate and for students to attend school in person.
He also said he will be signing an executive order to issue emergency rules for "protecting the rights of parents," which will allow them to decide whether their children should wear masks in schools.
"There is no way in good conscious that I could bring anybody back into a school environment on the bus, the cafeteria, and not have a mask mandate. That is a moral decision," Broward School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood said Wednesday.
Osgood said the decision was made due to the liability and responsibility they have as a school board, but she said they would abide by the law if the governor were to issue an executive order banning mask mandates at schools.