The Sun Sentinel editorial board asked him to issue a state face mask mandate in an editorial entitled “Help Us, Gov. DeSantis. We Die Here.”
“Help us all. Much better that you require people to wear masks in public than to continue to promote conditions that will force another closure,” editors said.
Your refusal to impose a mask order – a requirement now in force in 32 other states – is out of touch with the mainstream. is not a mandate, what is it then? “
DeSantis urges people to wear masks, but leaves it to local governments to issue masking mandates, saying a state mandate punishable by law can backfire.
The governor said some local sheriffs have said they would not enforce such a law and there are parts of the state where a mandate would not make sense. Companies also have the right to ask customers to wear masks, he said
Florida set a new record for the number of deaths in one day for the fourth day in a row. The 257 deaths reported on Friday are the highest the state has reported since the pandemic began, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.
“Your daily optimal message is hopelessly contrary to what Floridians are going through,” editors said. “You make it sound like everything’s going in the right direction. But it’s not.”
A study has shown that wearing face mask or mask is the most effective way to limit the personal to person spread of coronavirus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that everyone should wear them when they are around other people in public.
Florida reported 9,007 new coronavirus cases in the state on Friday, bringing the total to at least 470,300, according to a figure from Johns Hopkins University.
Florida is in total only number two in California and ahead of New York, which was once considered the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.