Life Site News is reporting that "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he regrets ever shutting down his state, calling lockdowns a “huge mistake.” 'We wanted to mitigate the damage. Now, in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn’t work,' DeSantis told the Epoch Times. 'We shouldn’t have gone down that road.'”
"The governor had issued a 30-day stay-at-home order more lenient than most, with exceptions made for religious services and recreational activities, as well as broadly defined essential businesses.
“Our economy kept going,” DeSantis said. “It was much different than what you saw in some of those lockdown states.”
"After the stay-at-home order, DeSantis phased in a reopening of the state, even as he was berated by lockdown proponents for his policies. Florida was fully reopened by Sept. 25, 2020, and DeSantis stood firm even as COVID-19 cases rose during the winter."
"DeSantis argued not only that lockdowns are ineffective, but that they inflict devastating damage to the economy and to people’s well-being, both mental and physical. The governor said during a February press conference that the “result” of lockdowns has been “the destruction of millions of lives across America, as well as increased deaths from suicide, substance abuse, and despair, without any corresponding benefit in COVID mortality.”
DeSantis’s policies have since been vindicated by Florida’s health numbers, by the state of its economy, and by the deep gratitude of Floridians whose businesses and livelihoods have been saved thanks to DeSantis.
Despite the fact that Florida’s population is the sixth oldest in the United States by median age, and that people over 55 account for 93 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationwide, Florida ranks 27th in the country for COVID-19 deaths per capita.
"The state’s unemployment rate, as of early April 2021, is at 4.7 percent, compared to 6.2 percent nationally." God Bless Ron DeSantis.