The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel has ben growing brighter by the minute, with a multitude of reasons to be hopeful for the future emerging in recent weeks.
There is, first and foremost, a virile and veracious effort to vaccinate Americans ongoing in this country, and it appears to be working. This week, our nation hit a milestone of having over 100 million Americans fully vaccinated.
This will surely speed up our national recovery from the virus, but that doesn’t mean that caution has been completely tossed aside. In fact, the CDC has received a fair amount of criticism this very week for their confusing messaging.
For others, however, the writing is on the wall, and it’s time to get back to some semblance of normalcy.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Monday that immediately suspends all outstanding local Covid-19 emergency orders and related public health restrictions.
“The fact is, we are no longer in a state of emergency,” DeSantis said during a news conference. He acknowledged that Florida was still not done with its fight against the coronavirus but reiterated the nation’s decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” DeSantis said, adding that asking vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks would undermine confidence in the coronavirus vaccines.
Businesses within the Sunshine State will still be allowed to establish their own mask mandates, should they choose to do so, but will be competing in a fair market against neighboring establishments who may choose to absolve their mandates.