Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he isn't mandating masks statewide but will continue to provide guidance that people should social distance and use masks when that's not possible.
"We're going to continue to put out the messaging, we're going to continue to put out the guidance and we're going to trust people to make good decisions," DeSantis said. "I think that's the better approach than to try to prosecute someone criminally for it."
The governor said to make masks a mandate punishable by law could backfire.
DeSantis said that if local governments want to create an ordinance, it's up to them. Businesses also have the right to ask customers to wear masks
The governor said that some local sheriffs have said they won't enforce it and there are parts of the state where a mandate wouldn't make sense.