Florida governor pushes through pardon for COVID-19 rule breakers

With Gov. Ron DeSantis saying lockdown restrictions and mask mandates meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 did more harm than good, the state clemency board on Wednesday pardoned all Floridians who were arrested or fined for violating local-government requirements about wearing masks or social distancing.

Florida governor downplays COVID-19 delta variant

As the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday labeled the delta variant of the novel coronavirus a “variant of concern,” Gov. Ron DeSantis downplayed the potential impact it could have on the state.