Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will issue emergency rules to prevent businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccinations through COVID-19 "passports."
"It's completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society," said DeSantis. "If you want to go to the movie theater, should you have to show that? No. If you want to go to a game, no. If you want to go to a theme park, no. … I think it's something that people have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves."
According to DeSantis, vaccine passports would create "huge" privacy issues that could result in people handing over their medical information to a "big corporation."
"You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break," DeSantis said.
While he plans to use his emergency powers to prevent businesses from requiring customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, DeSantis said he is also going to ask the Florida Legislature to pass a permanent ban.
"We need the Legislature to come in and just say this is not happening in Florida," DeSantis said. "I think it would provide a lot of certainty to a lot of people to say that."