Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will now be pardoning any Floridian that has been previously charged with breaking Covid restrictions.
As The New York Post reports:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations.
The Republican governor made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people.
“It’s a total overreach,” he told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.”
He broke the news of his pardon directly to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation in Broward County.
With the announcement, DeSantis is further separating himself from the pack of potential 2024 hopefuls by continuing to lead the way on scaling back draconian coronavirus restrictions.