- Good news, although not everyone may agree: Florida reopens its economy.
- The governor announced that Florida reopens businesses after being closed for almost six months.
- In announcing that Florida is reopening its economic system, the governor ordered that cities ban cities from fining people for not wanting to wear masks.
The coronavirus crisis did not stop the governor from announcing that Florida reopens the state economy and prohibits fines for not wearing a mask.
As reported by the news agency AP, Governor Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday.
In turn, DeSantis banned local fines for those who refuse to wear masks, in order to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.
The Republican governor’s order sparked new controversy in Florida, where actions against the pandemic have been intertwined with the upcoming presidential elections, AP noted.
DeSantis, an ally of President Donald Trump, acknowledged that the pandemic is far from over, but said the danger has lessened and that the time has come to reopen businesses after six months in which people have been left stranded.
The AP explained that the governor’s announcement on Friday authorizes restaurants across the state to immediately reopen to full capacity and prevents cities and counties from ordering them to close or operate at less than half capacity, unless may justify a closure for economic or health reasons.
“We will not close anything from now on,” DeSantis said, insisting that the state is prepared in case infections increase again.
However, the governor allowed local governments to restrict the operation of the bars to 50 percent of their capacity, but added that he “is not going to get in the way” to allow them to fully reopen.
As part of his reopening plan, the governor has prohibited cities and counties from fining those who violate social distancing regulations or do not wear a mask.
The governor’s order virtually nullifies local decrees imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“I think we should move away from the idea of penalizing people who do not respect social distancing and work with people in a constructive way,” DeSantis said in statements collected by AP.
Democrats in Florida have lamented the announcement that the economy is now reopening and said it was hasty.
“No one is fighting for a large-scale lockdown in Florida. But we have been calling for common sense prevention measures like the use of masks, which are essential to prevent further spread, “State Sen. Audrey Gibson said Thursday, the AP said.
Fauci warns of the “challenge” of the coronavirus in autumn and winter
Florida reopens its economy at a time that does not seem the most appropriate, considering the projections from the White House’s top coronavirus expert: Anthony Fauci.
Just when the United States exceeds 200 thousand deaths, the expert Anthony Fauci warns of the “challenge” that the coronavirus will pose in the fall and winter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United States is still in the first wave of its COVID-19 outbreak, but faces a “challenge” as it moves into the fall and winter, Newsweek reported Saturday.
Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN that instead of talking about “a second wave,” why not say, “Are we up for the challenge in the fall and winter? ”
Quoting CNN, the Newsweek newspaper said that America’s leading infectious disease expert explained that the idea of a second wave came from the 1918 flu pandemic.
Back then, more than a century ago, after an increase in cases in the spring, the disease “literally disappeared”, but was followed by an “explosion” in the fall.
According to the aforementioned media, Fauci also mentioned that the areas that have reduced their coronavirus cases must maintain the rules to prevent “sudden increases that will inevitably occur if the necessary types of public health measures” are not taken.
As stated many times since the pandemic broke out, key guidelines include frequent hand washing, avoiding crowds, and wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible.
According to Newsweek, unlike other countries such as France and Spain, the United States has so far not reduced its number of baseline cases to a comparatively low level compared to previous periods of the pandemic.
The United States has an average of 43,245 new cases and 732 deaths per day, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety said Friday, after it reached a low of 34,371 new cases per day on Sept. 12.
Cases have risen since the Labor Day holiday weekend and the United States has marked its highest average daily cases since Aug. 22, Newsweek detailed.
Fauci has said that he expects to see the baseline of daily cases fall at least below 10,000, but at the beginning of the month he commented that he is becoming “more and more depressed by the fact that he never” reaches the line base that you would like.
Newsweek detailed that the Northeast United States was the initial epicenter, while the South and West were hit hard in the summer, and the Midwest now reports the highest average daily incidence to date in an increase that has been growing since midle June.
Experts previously told the aforementioned media that the coronavirus outbreak in the United States would worsen after the Labor Day celebrations, but also due to the reopening of schools and universities, people heading inland as temperatures drop, allowing the virus to spread more easily.
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