May 14, 2021
Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis took yet another stand against those using COVID-19 as a basis for restricting personal freedom Wednesday, announcing he will pardon any Floridian charged by localities attempting to enforce restrictions he had already rescinded.
At issue are the fates of Mike and Jillian Carnevale, former owners of the Broward County gym Fitness 1440. The Blaze reported that they have been arrested multiple times for violating local mask mandates and social-distancing requirements, despite DeSantis ending most COVID-19 restrictions in September and specifically allowing gyms to open at full capacity with a ban on new local restrictions on businesses.
The couple says they “filed a lawsuit against the county’s mandate that citizens wear masks during strenuous exercise and were arrested 24 hours later,” The Blaze reported. “They said they were arrested a total of three times, had their business seized, and now face up to 180 days in prison after they turned down a plea deal for 10 days in jail.”