New Florida Mask Advisory

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued a new health advisory that said fully vaccinated Floridians do not have to wear masks in public any longer. That same order opens COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone “providing goods and services.” But it does not explain what proof they would have to provide. That order went into effect immediately. Florida recorded 5,666 new cases of coronavirus Thursday with an additional 54 deaths.

The Florida House is wrapping up their work for this session but not before passing a bill which would ban COVID-19 passports for proof of vaccinations and would also limit local emergency orders. The Senate did pass that bill last week but will return to vote on some changes.

The CDC has adjusted mask rules and now says anyone who has been fully vaccinated can be outside without a mask or when dining indoors. But it also states if you’re not fully vaccinated you can still be outside with others who are. For a look at the CDC’s new information on masks just click here.

While Florida starts to loosen mask restriction, the cruise industry is gearing up to begin trips by mid-July, only when following the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. That order states 98% of the ship’s crew and 95% of its passengers must be vaccinated and take a simple test before boarding.

ZooTampa will vaccinate their animals agains COVID-19 with a vaccine developed specifically for animals by a veterinary pharmaceutical company. Zoetis is donating the experimental vaccine to ZooTampa and others. It has not received approval yet from the USDA. Those vaccinations will happen later this year in the summer or fall.

Nationwide, more than five million people have decided to skip their second shot of Moderana or Pfizer vaccines. Both companies say you have some immunity but it’s not as strong as getting both shots, and booster shots will be needed within the year. 8.5 million Floridians have been vaccinated but only 5.2 have gone back for their second dose.

The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the 32nd pick in the first round of the NFL draft that kicked off last night in Cleveland. They chose Joe Tryon, a linebacker from Washington. The draft will wrap up Saturday.

Crew Dragon-1 will becoming home this weekend, but if you’re thinking about taking out the boat to watch the splashdown in the Gulf Saturday morning you’ll have plenty of law enforcement company. More patrol boats will be out after too many people came out to watch, putting themselves and the crew in danger if anything went wrong. Splashdown is set for 11:36 am off the Florida coast.

Ann Kelly

Hello, I am Ann Kelly! I was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio (which is a suburb of Cleveland) as one of five children!

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