Airlines Still Removing, Banning Fliers Who Refuse To Mask Up. DeSantis Order Is Irrelevant In Schools, Federal Jurisdictions.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who Monday declared the end of COVID in Florida by overriding all local COVID rules and regulations, is now at the center of correction campaigns by airports, schools and more.
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People believing that they can go “mask free” are showing up at Florida airports, only to be told that that they will be fined — and possibly ejected — if they don’t mask up. The mask mandate at airports and on airplanes is federal, not local. A governor does not have the authority to override the federal order.
The situation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport led to officials taking to twitter to nicely, but firmly, remind fliers that masking isn’t optional. The airport tweeted this out around 10:45 Tuesday morning.
Airlines are still removing and banning passengers who refuse to wear masks over their nose and mouth for the entire journey, sans a quick removal for food or drink. The federal mandate has been extended until September. Anyone traveling over the summer is required to wear a face covering. American Airlines Tuesday reasserted its position, announcing that anyone not wearing a mask over their nose, mouth and chin, “will be removed from this flight and prevented from future flights.”
The Palm Beach County School District sent a third message Tuesday morning to parents, teachers and students, reasserting that DeSantis has no authority over school board policies. Anyone stepping foot on Palm Beach County School District property is required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth. Failure to do so will result in removal and possible law enforcement intervention. Students refusing to comply with mask mandates will be ordered to take part in “distance learning.”
The Palm Beach County School District issued this statement late Tuesday morning:
Parents, Guardians, and Staff:
The School District of Palm Beach County has received numerous questions regarding the status of mandatory facial coverings on District property, following yesterday’s announcement by Governor Ron DeSantis invalidating COVID-19 emergency orders.
When asked for clarification regarding the Governor’s Executive Orders, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has confirmed that the new guidance does not impact policies in place at the school level, including those requiring the mandatory wearing of facial coverings for students and staff.
Please see the response below from the Florida Department of Education as it pertains to the Governor’s two Executive Orders issued on May 3, 2021.
From: Florida Department of Education
To clarify, EO-21-102 only impacts city and county governments, and does NOT impact school districts and individual schools.
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