ORLANDO, Fla. — Most federal workers and contractors must get vaccinated.
The same goes for millions of health care workers – not just those in nursing homes but also those in hospitals and home health care.
Airline passengers who don’t wear masks will face fines at double the current rate.
President Joe Biden also took a jab at governors, including Florida’s Ron DeSantis, for battling local school districts that introduce mask mandates.
Biden said, “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”
But perhaps, the biggest move was the president ordering companies with 100 or more employees to now require workers to be vaccinated or be tested weekly.
The Doctor Philips Center in downtown Orlando announced Thursday some new rules about vaccines after Biden made his announcement.
Face coverings have been a must inside the venue for some time, but its new policy goes further, stating it’s all in an effort to create the safest environment for everyone.
Early on, the coronavirus pandemic forced curtains to close and performances to pause. Since then, the arts community has fought hard to take the stage again.
So now, the Doctor Philips Center for Performing Arts stated colleagues, partners, volunteers, students and third-party vendors will be required to be fully vaccinated by mid-October.
Biden said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their staff to be vaccinated or get tested weekly.
Big companies like Disney, United Airlines, Google, Netflix and Microsoft have already been doing that. But this is for businesses with more than 100 employees, so this will obviously include Publix, Rosen Hotels and other Central Florida staples.
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