Florida lifts restrictions on restaurants, suspends fines for not wearing masks

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted restrictions despite the most recent recommendation from the White House task force that the state should continue strong mitigation.
2:26 | 09/26/20

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Transcript for Florida lifts restrictions on restaurants, suspends fines for not wearing masks
We're going to turn now to the coronavirus here in the U.S. And another milestone -- cases topping the 7 million mark. And new cases of the virus now climbing in 32 states. More than 203,000 American lives have been lost, and tonight Florida's governor now moving to pull back restrictions even as that state hits a grim milestone -- 14,000 dead now. And news this evening -- another governor and his wife have new tested positive. Here's whit Johnson. Reporter: Tonight, coronavirus numbers going in the wrong direction, as the U.S. Hits 7 million cases, jumping by 1 million new infections in less than a month. Still, in Florida today, governor Ron Desantis lifting all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, suspending fines for not wearing masks. Some of the locals, they can do reasonable regulations, but you can't just say no. You can't say no after six months and just have people twisting in the wind. Reporter: The governor even hoping for a full super bowl in February. But the state still reporting an average of over 100 deaths per day from the virus. Being forced to get rid of all the safeguards that we have been using at this particular time is just not smart and incredibly dangerous. Reporter: Across the country, cases on the rise in 32 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Today the governor of Virginia confirming he and his wife have tested positive. The governor saying he's asymptomatic. The first lady has mild symptoms. It comes days after the governor and first lady of Missouri also tested positive. Wisconsin hitting a new record in hospitalizations this week. There is no doubt that we are in a significant near crunch time in a number of regions in the state. Reporter: The CDC reporting young adults are driving the recent spread. The city of Boulder, now banning all gatherings of 18 to 22-year-olds after linking nearly 80% of recent covid cases to the university of Colorado Boulder. It's not fair. I think it's impossible to enforce. Reporter: A new lancet study estimates that less than 10% of adults in the U.S. Have covid-19 antibodies, meaning 90% of Americans could still be vulnerable to the virus.

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