Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will pardon anyone charged with not wearing a mask or for violating social distancing guidelines in his state.
DeSantis made the announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people unnecessarily.
“It’s a total overreach,” he said. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive.”
He broke the news of his particular pardon for Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in South Florida.
“I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that, effective tomorrow morning, I’m going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,” the governor said. “So that will delay the case for 60 days against both of them, and then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.”
DeSantis went on to say that it isn’t right to force those who are exercising to wear a mask.
“The World Health Organization advises against it,” he said. “It’s not healthy to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction.”
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