Sen. Rick Scott Defends Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Decision to Not Impose Sweeping Mandates Due to COVID-19

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(FOX 35) – Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott defended Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision not to impose sweeping shutdowns as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike.

In a Thursday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Scott urged that members of the state, local, and federal government “ought to stop mandating things” and “start just giving people good information” as the pandemic rages.

“That’s what I did when I had hurricanes,” he noted. “People are smart. Give them good information. Tell them where there is the spread of the virus — the places that are at risk. If you tell me a restaurant has had patients or employees with coronavirus, I would probably avoid it for a while.

“So, give us information. You don’t have to tell me to wear a mask. You don’t have to tell me to shut things down. Give me more information,” he asserted.

On Tuesday, DeSantis, also a Republican, announced that the Sunshine State would not reimpose restrictions and lockdowns, saying that going backwards would cripple the economy without saving lives.

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