Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment to keeping restaurants open and criticizing other areas of the country such as New York City where indoor dining has been postponed despite evidence that the some coronavirus diseases were detected to small clusters at homes.
The Republican governor held a press conference at the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., Where he met with restaurant workers and business owners to discuss “protecting the right to a livelihood earn ”as the pandemic persists. He noted that there are approximately 40 states with higher COVID-19 cases and per capita hospitals than Florida.
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“At a time when people in our service industries, particularly in restaurants, accommodation and hospitality, are being taken aback, especially in some other states that have been completely shut down, we just want to send the message – some may close. you down. We want to pull you up, “DeSantis said.
“We got your back if you’re a waiter or a chef you’re a family business – you’re an important part of our state,” the governor continued. “You work on people who work hard to make -live. You have every right to do so and can take it to the bank in the state of Florida. You are going to defend that right with the governor. “
DeSantis criticized New York City for shutting down food within Monday, noting that only 1.4% of cases are found to restaurants and bars. The restaurant industry in the Big Apple is expected to get a bigger blow as outdoor dining has had to stop at most businesses preparing for a heavy snowstorm.
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“We need to understand that most diseases occur in people’s homes, especially if you have people coming together, so closing a restaurant for indoor meals is a must. going to get more people to do that in private homes anyway, “DeSantis said.” Even if you think it’s more than just 1.4%, the appropriate response is to tell people about situations where whether you may be at higher risk. Not shutting down. Allow individuals to make decisions about what they are comfortable doing. “
DeSantis said it was at Tampa General Hospital Monday to sign the FedEx form for the first vaccines delivered in Florida. He said the state received 180,000 doses from Pfizer for sharing between five hospitals﹘Tamps Memorial, Broward Memorial, Shand Health UF Hospital, Jackson Memorial in Miami, and Advent Health in Orlando﹘to front-end health care work as a beta test.
Extra loads from Moderna were expected to arrive later in the week, as DeSantis explained that the biggest challenge now is not being distributed at restaurants – but a discount to distribute vaccines to health care workers. who are at greater risk of exposure to the disease, and then into nursing homes. He praised businesses like Okeechobee Steakhouse that follow strict safety and hygiene protocols to keep their customers and employees safe.
“I am very blessed that Gov. DeSantis keeps us open, “said Theresa Hodgdon, a waitress and bartender who has worked at the steak house for 14 years, at the press conference, expressing her choking as she explained to she is a single mother supporting two children. ”I would have lost everything, so I am a blessed mother and I hope we can stay open. Everyone does what they are supposed to do. If you are ill, stay home. If you want to come out, they were here for you and we are 100% committed. “
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Sharing a clip from the conference, DeSantis tweeted, “Thank you, Theresa, for sharing your story. I will continue to fight for your family and the right of every Floridian to continue earning a living.”
Florida recorded 9,439 new cases Monday, according to the state health department’s dashboard.