Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says his state will not be reinstating lockdowns over “media-driven hysteria” about the Omicron COVID variant.
DeSantis once again reiterated that his state supports individual freedoms.
“We are not in Florida going to allow any media-driven hysteria to do anything to infringe people’s individual freedoms when it comes to any types of COVID variants,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Monday.
The state is also willing to stand up to the federal government if necessary.
“In Florida, we will not let (the federal government) lock you down. We will not let them take your jobs. We will not let them harm your businesses. We will not let them close your schools,” he added.
The comments were made at a press conference about his budget requests for law enforcement in the next fiscal year. He is seeking to renew $1,000 bonuses for all sworn law enforcement, EMTs and first responders.
Joe Biden has said that lockdowns are not being considered over the variant — “for now.”
“If people are vaccinated and wear their masks, there’s no need for the lockdown,” the president said. “Dr. Fauci believes that the current vaccines provide at least some protection against the new variant and the booster strengthen [sic] that protection significantly.”