A Bi-Partisan Group of Florida Mayors are Calling on Ron DeSantis to Issue Mask Mandate

Today, the United States hit another grim COVID-19 milestone. 250,000 Americans have now died of the virus. Governors across the nation are now issuing mandates informing their citizens behavior. Many Republican leaders, though, are unwilling to issue guidelines of any kind.

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Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, has faced frequent criticism for his response to the virus. The defiant Republican, though, has always been willing to stand his ground. A number of Florida lawmakers would like to change that. A group of the state’s mayors recently called on DeSantis to issue a mask mandate.

The group includes Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Sunrise Mayor Michael J Ryan and Miami Shores Village Mayor Crystal Wagar.

Hernandez (R) said, “The window is closing and closing fast. If we sit here and don’t do anything, I don’t want to be the one sitting here talking about closing businesses again or the hospitals are overcrowded.”

Miami Beach’s Gelber (D) opined, “It’s unmistakably clear that Florida’s approach to managing this pandemic is failing pretty horribly.”

DeSantis is unlikely to be swayed. He said on Wednesday, “he Governor will not lock down and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks. Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate. One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities.”




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