Florida governor Ron DeSantis slammed for extending order to prevent local mask mandates

Florida governor Ron DeSantis extended the executive order on Wednesday.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis extended the executive order on Wednesday. Photo credit: Getty

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of continuing a "killing spree" after he extended an order that bans local governments from enforcing mask mandate violations.

The order, first signed in September, was extended on Wednesday - which prevents cities from fining people who fail to mask up.

The order also allows Florida to move to "phase 3" of the pandemic - where restaurants, bars and shops can reopen at full capacity.

"No COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business," the order wrote.

"This order suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals."

Florida Democratic officials slammed this decision, and accused him of continuing a "killing spree".

Chris King, the 2018 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, tweeted on Wednesday in response to a local news story about the decision.

"Alternative headline: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Continues Killing Spree," he wrote.

Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County mayor called this decision "deeply frustrating".

"Bipartisan governors nationwide are putting mask orders in place as one of the best tools we have to fight COVID-19," she wrote on Twitter.

"It's deeply frustrating that @GovRonDeSantis continues to block local actions and make it harder for local leaders to keep our communities safe."

Florida's relaxed enforcement comes as a second wave of COVID-19 slams the US.

The US reported 2,046 deaths on Wednesday - the highest one-day death toll reported since early May, according to John Hopkins University.