Calling it 'COVID theater' DeSantis asks students to remove masks at school event_freckle removal geelong

Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune·4 min readIn this article:
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  • Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisAmerican politician
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Irked by the sight of students wearing masks at his press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis encouraged them to remove the facial coverings, calling their use “COVID theater.”

"You do not have to wear those masks,” DeSantis said in video captured by WFLA News Channel 8, Tampa’s NBC station. “Please take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything. We've gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."

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"You do not have to wear those masks. Please take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything. We've gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."https://t.co/7j1Pb2hV53 @WFLA pic.twitter.com/ZIOyTHLOh3

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DeSantis then shakes his head in apparent frustration before launching into the press conference at the University of South Florida, which he visited to tout $20 million in funding for cybersecurity training. At least two people removed their masks at the governor's request, according to the video.

The governor has outlawed mask mandates in Florida schools. His remarks to the students is evidence of his disdain for even voluntary mask-wearing, and distrust of the science behind it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidance last week that no longer recommends indoor mask wearing for most people in many parts of the country - places where the “COVID-19 community level” is considered low or medium.

The CDC still considers much of Florida – including the Tampa area where DeSantis was visiting Wednesday – to have a high COVID-19 community level, though, and recommends everyone wear masks indoors in these areas when in public spaces.

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