SWFL businesses respond to new state anti-mandatory bills



Bills against the authorization of vaccines have officially been signed into law. On Thursday, Governor DeSantis signed bills sent to his desk during a special session of the Florida legislature.

The first measure is an anti-authorization bill that targets businesses and schools. Another plan to remove the Surgeon General’s authority to make vaccinations mandatory Tuesday is a plan for Florida to pull out of OSHA, the workplace safety regulator, and a plan to eventually create a waiving medical records and religious beliefs

Businesses in Southwest Florida are now responding to the bills and changing their policies as needed to comply with the new regulations.

Dominique, an employee at Penny’s Coffee Bar in Cape Coral, has no problem with the governor pushing for a ban on vaccinations for private businesses. “I think it all depends on the people if they should take it or not. They should be able to do what they want with their bodies. ”

Right down the street, Frank Taylor, owner of the New Start Wellness Center agrees. “I encourage them to come here to boost their immune systems. But I don’t think anyone should be obligated to get vaccinated.”

Many small businesses and large businesses alike are having a hard time recruiting these days, and most fear delegating vaccines will only make it harder.

Governor DeSantis said on Thursday that he stands with companies looking to hire and those who want to keep their people employed regardless of vaccine status. “No one in Florida should lose their job because of these stabs. We want people to be able to work, we want people to be able to provide for their families, we want people to be able to have a livelihood. And that’s just the way it will stay in this state. “

The Biden vaccine rule does not force employers to fire unvaccinated employees, but if they are not vaccinated they must be tested at least once a week.

A federal court issued a “Stay” order when Biden’s authorization went into effect.

“The damage to public health that will last for a generation and lead to unspeakable death and suffering is completely unnecessary,” said Evan Jenne, a Democrat in Hollywood.

Some larger employers, like NCH, put up a mandate to vaccinate and let the non-compliant go.

Lee Health plans to comply with Biden’s mandate if it goes into effect.

Both Biden’s proxy law and Florida’s anti-vaccination law threaten to fine violators.

If Biden’s rule for businesses with more than 100 people goes into effect, Florida’s law will put businesses in a difficult position.

The battle for the right to use the vaccine worries Tikis Lastre-Gomez, the bar manager of Duval Street Restaurant in Cape Coral.

He faced a lot of challenges including hiring people and getting the necessary supplies. “Personally, I’m worried because it doesn’t just affect the hotel industry. It will affect the entire ongoing supply chain problem. I mean, it’s a very real thing.”

Lastre-Gomez said Florida law is preferable to any vaccine mandate. “Who is the recruiter to tell someone what they can do with their body? So we’re definitely, you know, very grateful for this decision. And we think it’s a step in the right direction, especially for Florida.”

Just a stone thrown in the street, Big 8 BBQ owner Bill Keister said he never asked for a vaccine, but paid his staff to go get tested for COVID-19 at any time. whichever they want.

A federal court blocked Biden’s order from taking effect. The next step is an appeals court, with judges appointed by either President Bush or Trump. SWFL businesses respond to new state anti-mandatory bills

Aila Slisco

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