DeSantis Suspends All Local COVID-19 Emergency Orders In Florida

May 3, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday issued an executive order immediately suspending all local COVID-19 emergency orders.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” said DeSantis during a news conference in St. Petersburg. “I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point, if you’re saying that, then you’re really saying you don’t believe in the vaccines.”

The governor also signed a bill that goes into July 1 that would limit future local emergency orders to 42 days . It also gives the governor authority to overrule cities and counties and any time, and city and county commissions will have the power to overrule mayors. It also give the legislature authority to overrule the any mandates or restrictions by the governor.

The law also bans so-called vaccine passports.

Pictured: Gov. Ron DeSantis during a Monday press conference in St. Petersburg. Photo for, click to enlarge.


43 Responses to “DeSantis Suspends All Local COVID-19 Emergency Orders In Florida”

  1. Michelle on May 10th, 2021 7:52 am

    Not everyone is protected by the vaccine fully due to immune suppression drugs like methotrexate and Humira and you took away the emergency support they rely on to keep them safe until this is over. What DeSantis has done is prove to a large population that their lives don’t matter to him. He should have made provisions for the medically compromised. He is not the Governor for us.. or Florida ..

  2. Bob on May 6th, 2021 11:26 am

    @fear not

    I’m not afraid of COVID.

    I’m afraid of people like you who don’t understand science or how to US government works, but feel like their right to get a haircut trumps the health and safety of their community.

    This past year has been a wake up call showing just how little our fellow Americans care about each other, and how quickly they will sell out their neighbors the moment they are asked to be mildly inconvenienced.

  3. fear not on May 5th, 2021 2:04 pm

    The pandemic is tyranny, lockdowns, and other orders from the unelected CDC (Communist District of Columbia). End the ‘lockdowns’. The citizens tell the state what to do. The state tells the federal government what to do. That’s the Constitution.

  4. Kane on May 5th, 2021 10:34 am
  5. Rasheed Jackson on May 5th, 2021 8:01 am

    To all the anti DeSantis people out there. I am sure that Mr. DeSantis has many qualified people giving him advise and guidance on the covid issues. That is what makes him a great leader. There are a lot of very well educated and experienced physicians and pathologists that do not agree with everything that is coming from the CDC and the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. I for one like to hear different professional opinions and not just follow one person blindly. Yes, Fauci is a very smart man but there are a lot of other people in the medical profession, that are just as smart and with plenty of experience, that do not agree with Fauci on every issue. And when people chose to follow someone other than Fauci or the CDC, it does not mean they do not believe in “science”. The problem as I see it, is Fauci is wanting to dictate to the medical world what to do, when we should be listening to more than one person on this issue.

    I find it odd and disturbing that from the beginning the CDC, the W.H.O. and the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discouraged doctors from trying anything other than what they had prescribed as a treatment, which was nothing. Doctors were told to stop practicing their profession. In most cases when a person was diagnosed with covid they were sent home and told to stay inside and social distance. There were no early treatments to be prescribed, people were just sent home to get worse. This was foolish. And I for one do not follow foolishness! So, to Governor DeSantis I say GOOD JOB! And thank you for having the courage to stand up to the Washington cronies and listen to the real professionals in the medical field.

  6. Tc on May 4th, 2021 5:21 pm

    Bill we all have a choice in the matter not just you . However Your choice does not mean it’s the right choice or the only choice . Covid passports force people who may be required to travel internationally for employment into taking the vaccine . You should respect the choice made by those who do not want the vaccine the same as they should respect yours .. Each to his own .. Michelle Covid is far worse than the Flu & that’s a fact..

  7. BRING IT ON on May 4th, 2021 4:28 pm

    DeSantis is one of the few Governors that has a logical brain. Businesses will still have the right to require masks even if you had the vaccine. Dont do business with them and go to another business that has sense. Practically every ailment you get will be considered covid. I myself WILL NEVER VACCINATE AS I ALSO DO NOT MASK UP because why vaccinate if you still have to mask up. It makes as much sense as dying from a gunshot wound and calling it covid. I wonder what the next ploy will be to shut economies down and have most of you scared to death. MAKE AMERICA FLORIDA !!!!

  8. Mike on May 4th, 2021 4:14 pm

    Thank the Lord for Gov. DeSantis

    Florida really dodged a bullet when he squeaked by Gillum by only 30k votes

  9. Bob on May 4th, 2021 3:25 pm


    I’m sorry you had to work 160+ hours a week to survive. That shouldn’t be a thing. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean others should suffer the same way.

    If someone is willing to work hard for 40 hours a week, they deserve enough money to live.

    I can’t believe that we have regressed to the point that this is considered a radical idea.

  10. JTV on May 4th, 2021 1:34 pm

    @sarah, I put “virus” in quotations due to it being a Scamdemic that you Loch Ness Monster believers have fallen for. Be scared, wear your mask, hide under your desk shivering from fear and make sure you get inoculated. The rest of us will breath fresh air, eat out, and enjoy life unafraid of a Scamdemic “virus”.

  11. bill on May 4th, 2021 12:36 pm

    meanwhile, in the real world Escambia County added 31 more cases of COVID, one more death, and 6 more were hospitalized. that may not sound like much to the anti-mask/vaccine groupies, but for myself and my spouse, it’s no reason to celebrate. we are both immuno-challenged. so when i encounter someone without a mask, i stay away. i don’t know if they have been vaccinated or if they’re just celebrating the governor’s edict. in fact, i would posit that a lot of the people not wearing masks in public NEVER wore one to begin with and protested EVERY measure of mitigation imposed by the CDC/scientists/mayors, etc. so we will continue to wear a mask even though we have both been vaccinated. we don’t mind and it serves as a veiled warning to please stay away from us. it’s our choice so please respect it.

    we have a lot of stuff needing repairs around our 2 houses. finding workers who support masks and distancing etc and who are willing to prove they have been vaccinated will be yet another hurdle in the recovery. you know, something like a “COVID passport” which the governor has maliciously opposed. why hire someone to do repairs inside my home when i can’t trust them to be honest about COVID?

  12. Michelle on May 4th, 2021 12:21 pm

    Stumpknocker, very well said ….I agree 100%

  13. stop on May 4th, 2021 12:06 pm

    Why work for $25/hour when the government is printing $300M/hour for nothing?

  14. Michelle on May 4th, 2021 11:01 am

    WTG Governor DeSantis !!!!! You are awesome ! I want you to run for President in 2024 !! The Corona Virus is the same as the FLU , just a different kind. It’s been blown way out of the water !! Thanks for standing up for my beautiful state of FL ! I’m not a robot and will never be one ! That’s what Biden and the other STUPID people in the White House want us to be ! Thanks again Mr DeSantis !!

  15. retired on May 4th, 2021 8:58 am

    @ Stumpknocker

    You are so right “make a Democratic excuse, it only leads to failure.”
    Then they don’t want to pay their rent, But want that new phone, car, tv. ETC.

    They want everyone else to support their kids.


  16. Betsy Peavy on May 4th, 2021 8:30 am

    Believe me, not everyone is GOING to be vaccinated either…they are NOT punching that experimental garbage into me or my family!!
    Go Gov DeSantis!

  17. Henry Coe on May 4th, 2021 8:02 am

    If you can’t find employees who want to work for you then give them an incentive to want to work for you. i.e. a living wage.

    Btw, it seems we did this last May or June where we lightened the Covid-19 restrictions for economic and not scientific reasons and then the outbreak blew up in our faces
    We don’t have the numbers of vaccinated people to support these changes at this time. We should, but we don’t.

    Btw, got my second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Sunday and I have had no side effects.

    Another thought, it seems most of the people getting vaccinated are Democrats who listen to science. If Republicans decide that every vote matters for the next election, you might decide to get vaccinated and have policy based on science and not economics. Yes, the economy matters but not as much as the science.

    Between the economy and the science, over time things will balance out and I look forward to that day.

  18. Denbroc on May 4th, 2021 4:24 am

    “The governor also signed a bill that goes into July 1 that would limit future local emergency orders to 42 days”
    Please ammend to 40 or 45. This hurts my OCD.

  19. Concerned Citizen on May 3rd, 2021 11:41 pm

    Now cut all extra unemployment and make people get off their rear and work! It’s unbelievable how many businesses are under staffed and have help wanted signs posted.

  20. Sarah on May 3rd, 2021 10:28 pm

    @jtv – can you do a slow gal a favor and help her out? Why did you put “virus” in quotes? I’m just trying to make sure I’m not missing anything any poster intends. Thanks for letting me know why. I look forward to learning!

  21. Brattresident on May 3rd, 2021 9:35 pm

    ColdHardFacts! Maybe that 75 to 85% you speak of that have not been vaccinated are WORKING 5,6 maybe 7 days a week and can’t take off WORK to get vaccinated on the time schedules the state has?? Some people have families to support and don’t live off them stimmy checks!!

  22. Stumpknocker on May 3rd, 2021 7:58 pm

    Oh and Bob, people have been at work since this whole thing started, you know the grocery store clerk or the fast food place or gas station, someone brought that product there and someone was there to sell it to you me and everyone else, so don’t make a Democratic excuse, it only leads to failure.

  23. Stumpknocker on May 3rd, 2021 7:55 pm

    @ Bob, a living wage is something you earn your not entitled to it just because your breathing. Someone who has finished high school flipping burgers is not worth $15 an hour period. Ever since I was 14 I have worked, sometimes 3 or 4 jobs to make it for me and my family and to never ask any part of the government for any assistance, and I never did, nothing at all but my determination to make it, that’s something young people don’t have, their looking for a handout. One example is some people have been receiving $850 a week, more than what they would normally make, but because there was a no eviction policy they didn’t pay their rent because they knew they didn’t have to, again waiting for something free or a handout, no thank you I’ll make my own way.

  24. Localserver on May 3rd, 2021 7:49 pm

    I’m a server making 5+change an hour. But with tips I bring in about $25 an hour on average. But we can’t hire anyone to work though we are trying. Restaurants are suffering. So many can’t hire people. I know they don’t pay 15 an hour but if u do a good job you can make so much more. People are waiting for unemployment to run out.

  25. David Schwartz on May 3rd, 2021 7:04 pm

    There is a major labor shortage. Everywhere you look there are help wanted signs. It is time to stop the unemployment benefits.

  26. Brian on May 3rd, 2021 6:48 pm

    This man is president material. It’s a crying shame the current “president” is on the side of the socialists and can’t see past the mask on his face.

  27. bill l on May 3rd, 2021 6:43 pm

    D.B. you hit it perfect with your comment. I do not trust anything coming from this new form of government about health issues, guns, or anything they try to use to divide the people.

  28. Bob on May 3rd, 2021 5:48 pm


    Would you go back to a job paying less than poverty wage in the middle of a pandemic when only 27% of the population has been vaccinated?

    There’s no labor shortage, there’s a shortage of workplaces willing to pay their employees a living wage.

  29. ColdHardFacts on May 3rd, 2021 5:13 pm


    What “evidence” are you basing your decisions on?

    Fact: The positivity rate is 6.14%. Until it drops under 1% we are still in a pandemic.

    Fact: 3,075 new cases in Florida today. 39 deaths. Yes, we are still in a pandemic.

    Fact: As of Sunday, 29.4% of all Floridians have been vaccinated. That is a far cry from the 75 to 85% that is necessary to stop people spreading the virus. And vaccinations are slowing.

    Looks like the facts don’t support you.

    Waiting for your reply, Governor.

  30. retired on May 3rd, 2021 4:09 pm


    IT IS TIME TO GO BACK TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. IloveFL on May 3rd, 2021 3:02 pm

    Wow! I was initially unsure about voting for him, because he was largely unknown to most people. Best vote for governor I’ve made in decades! We have one of THE BEST most level headed governors in the USA!! Love you DeSantis!!

  32. Chadwick Carter on May 3rd, 2021 3:01 pm

    You can be ill equipped following this man, I think I’ll trust my Infectious diseas Dr instead….he’s a little more educated

  33. joy armstrong-mintz on May 3rd, 2021 2:45 pm

    So grateful for his commen sense leadership!!! Love my Florida!

  34. judy on May 3rd, 2021 2:26 pm

    Way to go, Governor!

  35. Wen on May 3rd, 2021 2:21 pm

    Ditto EMD!!!

  36. JTV on May 3rd, 2021 2:16 pm

    @Beth why would anyone want a vaccination if they have already had the “virus”?

    Why would anyone want to get vaccinated when they aren’t moderate or high risk?

    Why would anyone want to get vaccinated with a trial drug for a virus that kills less than 1% of the people that catch it?

    Thank you Governor

  37. Jeth on May 3rd, 2021 2:10 pm

    Not everyone is wants their liberties back Governor DeSantos.

  38. Thomas Paine on May 3rd, 2021 1:59 pm


    Please, tell us all how Covid mandates are related to Marxism. I’ll wait.

  39. molino resident on May 3rd, 2021 1:11 pm

    So thankful for our GREAT Governor. Also thankful I live in Florida instead of the liberal “out-of-their-minds” states.

  40. D.B. on May 3rd, 2021 1:07 pm

    Beth…his name is DeSantis…not DeSantos! But it’s all good cause we know who ur talking about.

  41. D.B. on May 3rd, 2021 1:04 pm

    Good for u DeSantis! People forget we live in America not Russia!
    There r plenty of people that can’t get the shot based on medical issues.
    And there r some of us that just flat out don’t believe what we hear from the cdc or who or whomever decides to change their mind day after day cause they don’t have a clue either!

  42. Beth on May 3rd, 2021 12:54 pm

    Not everyone is getting vaccinated governor DeSantos

  43. EMD on May 3rd, 2021 12:48 pm

    THANK YOU, Governor DeSantis. THANK YOU so much. So glad to have a Governor that is not a Marxist or one of their dupes.

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