Floridians Organize Mask Burning After DeSantis Signs Order Barring Vaccine Passports: ‘Masks Are Slavery’
A group of Floridians are planning to gather in South Florida next month to engage in a “mask burning” event, just weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he would not allow a “vaccine passport” to come to the state.
The event, titled the “Million Maskless March and Mask Burning,” is scheduled to take place on April 10 in Ft. Lauderdale. “April 10 marks one year of mask tyranny in Broward County, and we will mark that date with a celebration of freedom!” said a description for the event listed on Monday.
Unlike DeSantis, who took a relatively hands-off approach to regulating residents of his state during the Covid-19 pandemic, leaders in South Florida imposed strict rules, including Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry, who passed an order last year requiring residents to wear masks outside the home. Those rules are still in effect, though in October, DeSantis prohibited counties from fining residents who refuse to comply.
Organizers said the event would be conducted with oversight from local authorities, writing, “The mask burning is in full cooperation with local law enforcement and will be done in a safe and controlled manner.” They also suggested messages for signs that participants might bring, including, “MASKS ARE SLAVERY,” “NO MORE MASKS,” “MASKS OFF CHILDREN,” and “NO VACCINE PASSPORTS.”
In addition to saying he would prohibit “vaccine passports,” which the Biden administration has been exploring as a possible option for the near future, DeSantis signed a law on Monday granting immunity to businesses for liability related to Covid-19. “We don’t want to be in a situation where people are scared of being sued just for doing normal things,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “Let individuals make the decisions about what they want to do. You want to listen to the band? Go do it. You don’t? That’s fine.”
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