More than 100 Florida businesses, cities and schools challenge Governor DeSantis despite risking large fines

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has banned companies from imposing vaccine mandates and more than 100 companies have now been found to be breaking the law.

The Orlando Sentinel first reported on the list of companies investigated by the Florida Department of Health for violating the state’s passport ban on the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the more than 100 companies listed, some of the biggest violators are AT&T, Live Nation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Starbucks, Disney Cruise Line, and Northrop Grumman, among a variety of other Florida counties and small businesses.

DeSantis Vaccine Mandate Ban became law in May and prevents any business or government entity from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine and imposes fines of up to $ 5,000 per violation.

Individuals can also file a complaint with the Florida Department of Health against any business or local government regarding vaccination requirements, which is the number of businesses that ended up on the governor’s offender list.


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In October, Leon County, where the state capital of Tallahassee is located, was fined $ 3.57 million. by DeSantis administration for 714 counts of violating the state’s vaccination mandate, as it had required vaccinations for all of its employees.

The county has contested the ticket and is awaiting a decision from a Florida judge. Vince Long, Leon County Administrator, issued a statement saying, “The County strongly holds that the requirement to vaccinate our employees was not only fully legally justifiable, but was a necessary and responsible action to keep our employees safe, protect the public, and ensure our readiness as a disaster response organization. first line “.

It is unclear if the governor’s office has issued fines to other companies and agencies that require vaccines for customers and employees. However, the governor will be hold a special session ask the Florida legislature, “to provide protections to employees facing termination due to unfair and discriminatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and to reaffirm that government entities, including school districts, cannot fire any employee based on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine ”.

The Orlando area has several businesses that are registered for violating the governor’s vaccination ban, but the representative of the state of Florida. Carlos Guillermo-Smith told The Washington Post who questioned whether DeSantis’s approach is a good way to guide public health policy.

“It’s like there’s a Republican tendency to pass laws that encourage our residents to rat out on others,” Guillermo-Smith told the Post.

DeSantis’ ban on vaccine mandates goes hand in hand with the governor’s previous executive order prohibit school districts from requiring students to wear masks while at school.


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Reference-thehill.com

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