5k Fines For Mandates Go In Effect Today

Florida will start issuing $5,000 fines starting today (Thursday) to businesses, schools and government agencies that require people to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned vaccine passports, and fines start Thursday if people are asked to show proof of a vaccine.

The Florida Department of Health will be responsible for enforcing the fines. If you receive a notice saying your business violated the law, you will have a right to a hearing before a judge. Fines will be paid to the department and they’re due within 30 days of a final order.

The penalties for asking for a vaccine card could hit millions of dollars, according to the governor.

“You will face a $5,000 (fine) for every single violation ... that’s millions and millions potentially in fines,” DeSantis said.

The statute reads that a business entity “...may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or postinfection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state.”

The same rules apply to governmental entities and educational institutions.

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