Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order to once again extend the ongoing state of emergency for another 60 days.
The state of emergency had originally been issued back in March, and was extended in May in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move allows DeSantis to broaden his powers as governor, including allowing him to deploy National Guard troops if necessary, utilize out-of-state medical personnel, and swifly purchase necessary supplies.
But Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation blasted DeSantis’ response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying Tuesday that his refusal to issue statewide orders requiring masks and impose tougher restrictions on businesses has caused unneeded deaths and spread the disease.