Yesterday we shared the Biden administration is considering imposing travel restrictions on Florida due to a new strain of COVID-19. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded today.
DeSantis spoke at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at a southwest Florida retirement community today and said travel restrictions would be “a political attack” on the Florida’s residents.
“We will oppose it 100 percent,” DeSantis said. “It would not be based in science. It would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida. And it’s unclear why they would even try talking about that.”
The new strain of COVID-19 is a highly contagious variant from the UK. According to the CDC, Florida has the most known cases of that strain in the U.S. As of Wednesday there were 343 confirmed cases in Florida.
DeSantis said the idea of travel restrictions is absurd and he promised that Florida would fight back if restrictions are put in place.
“It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said.
The Florida governor isn’t the only one that responded to the travel restriction possibility. Florida Senator Marco Rubio wrote a letter to President Biden saying travel restrictions on Florida would be “reckless and economically harmful.”
“Instead, it would only serve to inflict severe and devastating economic pain on an already damaged economy,” Rubio wrote. “If you are concerned about the coronavirus spread in Florida, I urge you to fast-track additional vaccines to the state instead of attempting to cripple our economy.”
Travel restrictions are not imminent and the Biden administration will work with state and local governments before making any decisions.
You can see DeSantis’s full conference below:
Source: Orlando Sentinel