FL Gov. DeSantis Refuses to Close Restaurants, Eliminates Online Education Service
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, eyes have turned towards Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a relaxed attitude on the virus. He even took a bit of a victory lap on his response to Coronavirus in early May.
Things are much different now as the calendar turns to July. Cases have skyrocketed in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. But as Arizona and Texas will move to start shuttering reopened businesses, Florida won’t be doing the same. On Tuesday, DeSantis told reporters he will not be going backwards.
DeSantis attempted to explain his decision, “We’re not going back, closing things. I don’t think that that’s really what’s driving it. People going to a business is not what’s driving it. I think when you see the younger folks — I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural.”
Ron DeSantis doesn’t think places like bars and restaurants spread coronavirus. It’s just those pesky kids hanging out with each other… which they do in bars and restaurants. https://t.co/algHlcQX4f
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 30, 2020
The Florida Governor continued, “We’re open. We know who we need to protect. Most of the folks in those younger demographics, although we want them to be mindful of what’s going on, are just simply much much less at risk than the folks who are in those older age groups
The refusal to close potentially dangerous businesses wasn’t the only decision DeSantis made on Tuesday. The Florida governor also decided to eliminate certain online education services. Tim Messner, from the Library Learning Commons at Florida State College at Jacksonville, said of the move:
“This would be one of the biggest negative impacts in higher education in the last couple decades. It just seems like an error.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis just wiped out the entire $29.4 million budget for a suite of online education services that have become critical to students and faculty during the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) June 30, 2020