The Florida federal government could levy hefty fines on more than 100 entities for violating its ban on needing evidence of Covid-19 vaccination, including city governments, companies, shows and huge business like cruise lines, AT&T and Starbucks.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference on August 16 in Orlando, Florida.
The Florida Department of Health has 120 cases noted as “under review” for possibly going versus its policy, according to a file very first launched to the Orlando Sentinel in action to a public records demand and validated by Forbes.
The list consists of the Miami Marlins and significant business like Live Nation, AT&T, Equinox, Starbucks, Allegiant Airlines (at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport just) and AdventHealth.
Florida event places like your house of Blues and theaters are also named, along with specific occasions like concerts by Harry Styles, Maroon 5, Zac Brown, David Aldean and Brooks and Dunn.
Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are likewise noted after the cruise lines issued Covid-19 vaccine mandates, though the state has previously told Forbes it will not pursue charges against them till an appeals court rules on Norwegian Cruise Lines suit versus the states vaccine passport ban.
The state is likewise pursuing possible charges against local governments in Gainesville, Leon County and Orange County, where Orlando lies.
The Florida Department of Health stated in an e-mail to Forbes the entities noted were the ones the department has actually been able to recognize “at present” that are under evaluation, and said anyone discovered to break the law will be fined.
What To Watch For
If any federal governments, organizations or companies are discovered to have breached the states policy, the law stipulates the state can levy fines of $5,000 for each person who was requested proof of vaccination. That could amount to possibly millions of dollars in fines for even smaller sized companies, though any company that faces fines might challenge them in court. A federal district court has formerly ruled versus Floridas policy in Norwegians suit, finding the cruise line should be enabled to need proof of vaccination and Florida “stops working to provide a valid evidentiary, factual, or legal predicate” for why its restriction on vaccine proof is necessary.
The Walt Disney Company needs Covid-19 vaccines for all of its employees– including at Walt Disney World in Florida, which is the largest single-site company in the U.S.– but just Disney Cruise Line is listed as being under evaluation. This is most likely since Floridas policy up until now just bars companies from requiring vaccine evidence from patrons or visitors, however not employees.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law prohibiting so-called vaccine passports in May, and stated in September his administration intended to issue fines on any regional governments that impose vaccine mandates. The Florida law stops companies from requiring proof of vaccination however does not ban requiring vaccinations themselves, only saying companies need to not require people to supply paperwork of their vaccination. In addition to governments and business, the law likewise disallows instructional organizations from needing vaccine proof.
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That might add up to possibly millions of dollars in fines for even smaller sized companies, though any company that deals with fines could challenge them in court. A federal district court has previously ruled against Floridas policy in Norwegians lawsuit, finding the cruise line should be enabled to need evidence of vaccination and Florida “fails to offer a legitimate evidentiary, factual, or legal predicate” for why its restriction on vaccine proof is required.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law banning so-called vaccine passports in May, and said in September his administration meant to provide fines on any regional governments that enforce vaccine requireds. The Florida law stops companies from requiring proof of vaccination but does not ban needing vaccinations themselves, only saying companies must not need people to offer documentation of their vaccination.