DeSantis Suspends All Local FL COVID-19 Emergency Orders

Date: May 03, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis today signed Senate Bill 2006, legislation that blocks the state and local governments from closing businesses and keeping students out of in-person instruction at Florida schools, except for hurricane emergencies, and caps all local emergency orders at seven-day increments.

The measure also allows the governor to invalidate a local emergency order if it unnecessarily restricts individual rights or liberties and codifies the prohibition of COVID-19 vaccine passports. 

Governor DeSantis also signed Executive Orders 21-101 and 21-102 suspending all local emergency orders until July 1, 2021, at which point local orders will be permanently invalidated pursuant to SB 2006.

Under the legislation, private businesses may still choose to ask customers to wear masks and practice social distancing.

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