TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Governor Ron DeSantis says he would establish a “students bill of rights” in the wake of crackdowns on college parties and other social gatherings that some blame for a surge in COVID-19 cases.
At a news briefing at the Capitol on Thursday, the Republican governor also said he would block local governments from closing restaurants again.
He says there’s little evidence such closures have slowed the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday, Florida reported 2,541 more COVID-19 cases and 177 more virus-related deaths.
This brings statewide totals to more than 693,000 cases and at least 13,795 deaths.