Florida Governor DeSantis has been slow to do much of anything to block the spread of the virus in his state….
With New York Governor Cuomo throwing a quarantine on people from his state going to New York?
The media has been on his case to double down and revise the climb in virus infections in his state…
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters on Tuesday that the state will not reinstate restrictions or close businesses to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Why it matters: More than 50% of coronavirus infections in the U.S. are from states like Florida, Texas, California and Arizona, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez reports.
- NIAID director Anthony Fauci warned at a Senate committee hearing earlier on Tuesday that states “skipping over” checkpoints in federal reopening guidelines are contributing to hot spots in states including Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) urged people to stay home last week to fight the “rampant” spread of COVID-19, as the state paused its reopening. Abbott said in a Friday interview that he regretted how quickly bars were allowed to reopen in the state.
What he’s saying: When asked by reporters on Tuesday if he would tell people to stay home as Abbott did, DeSantis explained that social distancing has been recommended throughout the state’s reopening and that protecting the elderly and vulnerable are the state’s priorities.
- “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,” DeSantis said. “I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural.”