Governor DeSantis - Full pardons for all Floridians facing criminal or civil penalty for disobeying local COVID-19 restrictions and mandates through Executive Order.
DeSantis pointed to former gym owners Mike and Jillian Carnevale as examples of Floridians who have faced criminal penalties, including possible jail time, for not complying with local mask mandates at their former business in Broward County.
The couple had operated a gym, now shuttered, and disobeyed Broward County mask rules. He was handcuffed and arrested 3 times for not enforcing facial coverings during strenuous exercise. She was also arrested.
“Floridians like Mike and Jillian Carnevale should have never faced criminal charges for not requiring masks in their business. We took action to reject the overreach of local authorities through unnecessary and unscientific mask mandates. No business should face economic ruin and be punished for alleged violations of local orders that are unreasonably restrictive of rights and liberties. Let's focus on the real criminals," said DeSantis.