The Florida government could impose hefty fines on more than 100 entities for violating its ban on requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, orlando watchdog reports, which includes local governments, organizations, concerts and large companies such as cruise lines, AT&T and Starbucks.
According to a document released to the U.S., the Florida Department of Health lists 120 cases as “under review” as potentially going against its policy. watchman In response to a public records request.
The list includes major companies such as the Miami Marlins and Live Nation, AT&T, Equinox, Starbucks, Allegiant Airlines (St. Petersburg/Clearwater airports only) and AdventHealth.
Florida venues such as House of Blues and Theatre, along with specific shows such as concerts by Harry Styles, Maroon 5, Zac Brown, David Aldean and Brooks & Dunn, are also named.
Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are also listed after cruise lines issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, although the state has previously reported Businesshala It will not pursue charges against them unless an appeals court on Norwegian Cruise Line rules court case Against the state’s vaccine passport ban.
The state is also pursuing possible charges against local governments in Gainesville, Lyon County and Orange County, where Orlando is located.
The Florida Department of Health has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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If a company, government, or organization is found to be in violation of state policy, the law states that the state can impose a $5,000 fine for each person who was asked for proof of vaccination. This could potentially result in fines of millions of dollars for even smaller companies, although any company facing the fine can challenge them in court. A federal district court previously Governance Norwegian’s lawsuit goes against Florida’s policy, allowing a cruise line to find a need for proof of vaccination and Florida “fails to provide valid evidence, factual, or legal predicate” why the ban on vaccine proof Necessary.
The Walt Disney Company requires COVID-19 vaccines for all of its employees – including Walt Disney World in Florida, which is Largest US Single-site employers in the U.S.—but only Disney Cruise Line—are listed as under review.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Put signature on the law banning so-called vaccine passports in May, and said In September his administration intended to issue fines to any local government enforcing the vaccine mandate. Florida Law Prohibits companies from requiring proof of vaccination, but does not prohibit requiring vaccination itself, saying only that companies are not required to provide people with documentation of their vaccinations. NS watchmanOrange County Mayor Jerry Demings said in late September that his office had received a letter from the state suggesting it was proceeding with the fines, after which the entities were under investigation. The state health department argued that the county’s vaccine mandate was a “discriminatory policy” that “violates the fundamental rights and privacy of Floridians,” even though any worker who violates the policy by not getting vaccinated may only receive one. Will face written reprimand and will not. removed. Demings said the county would challenge the state in court on any penalties imposed against it.
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