Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to pardon COVID-19 rule breakers

Executive order gives clemency to those charged with violating local orders

Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov.Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order granting clemency to Florida residents and businesses charged with violating local COVID-19 safety protocols.

The executive order covers criminal penalties for things like refusing to practice social distancing or adhering to mask mandates.

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The governor said the state’s clemency board would meet in the coming weeks and pardon any Floridian that has outstanding COVID-19 infractions.

The order does not apply to citations issued by the state.

It also does not apply to assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or other healthcare facilities.


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