Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently extended a September order that prohibited the local enforcement of mask mandates and business restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday’s renewed order, which was originally issued Sept. 25, prevents local government from infringing on businesses’ operations, forbids local governments from forcing restaurants to limit indoor capacity to 50% capacity and suspended fine collection for mask ordinance violations, according to CBS Miami. The governor’s order did not outright forbid mask mandates, the local outlet reported.
The extension detailed that Florida “continues to suffer economic harm as a result of COVID-19 related closures, exacerbating the impacts of the State of Emergency, and Floridians should not be prohibited by local governments from working or operating a business,” according to CBS Miami.
Universal Orlando Resort has been a blessing during the pandemic — especially to Florida residents — who want to just wake up in the morning and head to a theme park. As we know, this is a luxury we do not get over at Walt Disney World (since Disney is implementing a reservation system). However, because of this, it seems that the Universal theme parks are getting rather crowded, and wait times are more — or, in some cases, worse — than pre-pandemic.
Although Universal’s two theme parks — Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure — have been hitting capacity almost every weekend, we are now seeing mid-week spikes in wait times. A time when many Universal guests thought they could avoid the larger crowds and higher crowd count. The interesting thing here, though, is that Universal Orlando’s theme parks are rarely hitting capacity in the middle of the week.
If we take a look below, right off the bat we can see that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a two-hour wait, and although nothing tops that, you are still seeing 75 minute waits for Shrek 4-D, and 90 minutes for The Simpsons Ride. Almost every attraction at Universal Orlando currently holds the same fate, you will be waiting over one hour (and in most cases closer to two) to ride.
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The Holocaust Museum in Florida has received backlash after announcing the opening of an exhibition concerning George Floyd, the man whose death in police custody sparked a resurgence of violent riots earlier this year.
Orlando 6 reports that “A new exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland features powerful and inspiring photos taken in the wake of George Floyd’s death.”
“In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we felt it was important to bring the meaning of the aftermath to our museum,” a statement on the museum’s website declares.
“Come face-to-face with stunning images and powerful words captured in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, at the scene, by renowned photographer and storyteller John Noltner,” it continues.
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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reportedly drafted “anti-mob” legislation that would expand the state’s Stand Your Ground law to allow armed citizens defend themselves against violent rioters and looters.
Written after violent rioters caused billions of dollars of damage to America’s cities over the summer, the proposal would expand the list of under Florida’s self-defense law to justify the use of force against rioters who engage in looting or arson that “results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation.”
“The draft legislation put specifics behind DeSantis’ pledge in September to crack down on ‘violent and disorderly assemblies,’” the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Other key elements of DeSantis’ proposal would enhance criminal penalties for people involved in ‘violent or disorderly assemblies,’ make it a third-degree felony to block traffic during a protest, offer immunity to drivers who claim to have unintentionally killed or injured protesters who block traffic, and withhold state funds from local governments that cut law enforcement budgets.”
Florida 21st Congressional District candidate Laura Loomer did not prevail in her House race against Democrat incumbent Lois Frankel Tuesday.
According to election results, Loomer earned 38.9 percent of the vote, compared to Frankel’s 59.3 percent, losing the race by roughly 80 thousand votes.
In a statement posted to Parler ahead of election results, Loomer expressed regardless of the results, she was proud of the work she’d done on the campaign trail.
The Biden/Harris campaign is accused of sending a body double of Democrat VP candidate Kamala Harris to a campaign event in Florida on Sunday.
The claims came after journalist and congressional candidate for Florida’s 21st District Laura Loomer filmed the alleged body double arriving at the Lantana Branch Library in Palm Beach for a meet and greet with voters.
“That’s not Kamala Harris. Doesn’t even look like her,” Loomer says, describing the person who’s wearing Kamala’s trademark pant suit and a face mask.
Following the event, Loomer pursued the body double and two people who appeared to be fake Secret Service agents escorting her to a limo.
Florida police forcibly removed a group of mothers from a school meeting about face coverings on Tuesday after they refused to wear face masks inside the building.
The seven women were removed for trespassing after not adhering to the mask policy, and delaying the start of the Volusia County School board meeting by an hour and a half.
The board was set to discuss an extension to the policy, which was put in place August.
One breast feeding mother was seen passing her child to another parent before they were escorted out individually by Deland Police who has been on standby. None were arrested.
Democrats and Progressives in the traditionally solid blue Miami-Dade County are in a panic as early voting results indicate a spike for Republicans at the polls.
Early in-person voting in the south Florida Democrat stalwart sees Republicans in the lead.
While Democrats are up overall in Miami-Dade County, when early in-person voting is isolated and analyzed it reveals Republicans are leading. This uptick in early Republican voters in a county that has consistently turned out overwhelmingly blue numbers has many Democrat analysist concerned.
Trump supporters are expected to turn out in heightened numbers on Election Day across the country, including in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida.
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Florida has moved past New Jersey to have the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country, according to totals posted Thursday on a Johns Hopkins University website that tracks national and international data.
The website showed Florida with 16,267 COVID-19 deaths, four more than New Jersey.
The Florida total does not include 203 non-residents who have died of COVID-19 in the state, according to numbers from the Florida Department of Health.
New York has had the most COVID-19 deaths, with 33,377, the Johns Hopkins website shows.
It was followed Thursday by Texas, with 17,656 deaths, and California, with 17,238 deaths.
Visitors and residents in the Florida Keys will now be required to wear facial coverings indoors or face a $500 fine.
The Monroe County Commission shifted from an earlier stance on face coverings, and now requires everyone including employees and customers to wear face coverings in any establishment until June 1, 2021 following a Wednesday vote, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Facial coverings must be worn by all employees and customers at businesses and other indoor public settings.