ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis said he feels confident case numbers will come down before the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville in August.
To bring numbers back down, the governor has been asking people to avoid the three Cs: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded spaces with many people and close-contact settings.
DeSantis said he’s confident in the state’s ability to safely gather thousands in Jacksonville despite the convention being indoors and without a mask requirement, as President Donald Trump’s campaign has requested.
Two things DeSantis said are critical to stopping the spread of the virus: “If you follow the guidelines, you’re fine. You just gotta be careful and you gotta take certain steps to be able to do it. And I think what they saw with some of those things was, you know, totally everything out the window.”
DeSantis said he didn’t seem convinced it would be easy to get younger people and all bar owners to do what needs to be done.
“You can’t control this,” DeSantis said. “They’re younger people. They’re going to do what they’re going to do. The pubs was mostly a matter of administration. There was no way to ensure compliance because it was so widespread noncompliant and I said, ‘Do what you gotta do to ensure compliance.’”
Desantis signaled that he’d like to get bars compliant and back open to avoid potentially riskier gatherings of young people.
Bar owners following the rules and local lawmakers said for that to happen the state would have to punish rule-breakers in a way they didn’t seem willing to until case totals started breaking records every day.
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