Florida Governor Will Ban Vaccine Passport Requirements

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to ban coronavirus vaccine passports in the state. During a press conference on Monday, March 29, he announced an executive order to forbid businesses from implementing their requirement.

DeSantis will introduce an “executive function,” preventing businesses from refusing services to those unable to prove their vaccination. In addition, he plans to seek support from the Republican legislature to solidify the act into law.

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” he said during the press conference on Monday. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

DeSantis spoke at the conference after reports of the Biden Administration developing a plan to prove vaccinations for people accessing businesses, music venues, and restaurants.

“You want to go to a movie theater. Should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a theme park? No. We’re not supportive of that.”

Coronavirus vaccine passports are under development and countries around the world are implementing their requirement. Furthermore, their implementation aims to ensure a safe business reopening amid the pandemic and prevent another lockdown.

DeSantis rejected the idea of introducing another lockdown in Florida last week after President Joe Biden said more national restrictions may need to be set in the country.

“To even contemplate doing any type of lockdown — honestly it’s insane,” he said.

The Nighttime Industries Association argues that the use of coronavirus vaccine passports is “unworkable.” Moreover, CEO, Michael Kill views their implementation as an unfair system and produces “cross-section discrimination.”

Florida is undergoing changes to its eligible vaccination requirements. On April 5, DeSantis will allow residents 18+ to to receive the coronavirus vaccine, according to an announcement he made last week. Floridians 40+ were allowed to receive their vaccinations on Monday, March 29.

Source: Business Insider