Gov. Ron DeSantis: No mass gatherings in May even with Florida’s COVID-19 curve flattening

By A.C. Gancarski
April 25, 2020

There may be sports events in Florida, but no one’s going to be there.

Concerts, likewise, aren’t happening anytime soon.

And a trip to the movies? Don’t plan on it yet.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Those were among the takeaways from Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ remarks to the media Saturday, when he outlined what will be a slower rollout of live entertainment than some might have anticipated.

“We’re not doing in-person sports yet no matter what.” the Governor said in response to questions regarding federal guidelines for easing social distancing. “That’s just not going to happen in May.”Of course, there will be live sports, just without crowds.

“I’ve been very vocal about trying to get UFC, we have coming. WWE, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.”

“That’s for TV … so people have some content,” said DeSantis, whose concerns about the dullness of television sports reruns are well-documented.

WWE, or World Wrestling Entertainment, already held events at its Orlando facility. The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold its next event, UFC 249, in Jacksonville on May 9. And the all-star golf event will be sometime next month.

None of those will have live onlookers.

While the Governor would like “big events here when the time is right,” that “time’s going to be far into the future.”

Movie theaters, likewise, are a current non-starter for the Governor, because of the “enclosed environment.”

The Governor did defend outdoor spaces, however, saying that people are more likely to get the novel coronavirus inside than outside.

DeSantis is taking a more moderate approach than Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who has cleared for opening restaurants, barber shops, and beauty and tattoo parlors, an approach criticized by President Donald Trump this week.

However, the Governor has not been spared criticism from those who support more restrictions than he has been willing to sign off on.

The largest recent flashpoint: the decision of Jacksonville to re-open beaches in Duval County.

That led to national criticism of the Governor and Jacksonville’s leadership, including the #FloridaMorons hashtag trending on Twitter (probably not for the last time).

The Governor issued a spirited defense of Duval’s decision.

“For those who would say you’re morons,” DeSantis said, “I’d take you any day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

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Jim Miller
Jim Miller (@guest_57400)
3 years ago

The Duval County beaches opening give us a ‘canary-in-the-coal-mine’ metric. If the beaches are a significant source of CoVid-19 thansmissions we should see an increase in the daily new cases in Duval County, beginning approximately 14 day after the beaches opened on 4/17.

I am graphing the daily new cases for Duval and Nassau and posting on FB in the Yulee Network Group ( The data source is FDOH.

The current plot:

Dan Brubeck
Dan Brubeck (@guest_57401)
3 years ago

What about restaurants?

Ben Martin
Ben Martin(@ben-martin)
3 years ago

I would like to report a large body of people not living in fear. They were close together. Most were not wearing face masks. How dare these people. What audacity huh? Some of them had wild conspiracy theories. They observed that The World Bank and Big Pharma fund the WHO. They noted that the private central banking systems of the world want to eliminate cash and claimed the virus could be used as an excuse to do just that. Others claimed that there is a revolving door between Big Pharma and the CDC, where ex pharma executives become CDC officials and vice versa. They said the CDC has become like a vaccine company. Then there were those who said terrible things about how vaccines are made. They said mice parts were used. That is crazy talk isn’t it?