Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday evening that he will be pardoning Floridians charged with violating COVID-19 mask or social distancing restrictions.
The Florida Republican broke the news on â€œThe Ingraham Angleâ€ to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, gym owners who face jail time for allowing their members to workoutÂ maskless.
â€œIâ€™m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and Iâ€™m also glad to be on, to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning, Iâ€™m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,â€ the governor said. â€œSo that will delay the case for 60 days against both of them and then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks we will issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.â€
â€œThe fact is, itâ€™s not even right to be wearing masks when you are exercising, the World Health Organization advises against it,â€ DeSantis said. â€œIt is not healthy for people to be doing that in the first place so it was a bad restriction, but these things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive and we are happy to use our constitutional authority.â€
â€œI think they have been treated poorly and fortunately theyâ€™ve got a government that cares,â€ DeSantis said. He emphasized that Florida must â€œmove forward as a state.â€
â€œWe are the oasis of freedom, thatâ€™s why Florida is doing well,â€ DeSantis said. â€œLetâ€™s build off that and letâ€™s not go backwards on any of this stuff.â€
DeSantis did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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