Florida residents who oppose mask mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic are trying to organize a large protest and “mask burning” event next month.
The event, dubbed the “Million Maskless March and Mask Burning,” will be held on that date in Fort Lauderdale, he said.
Authorities have given him permission, Nelson also said. The City of Fort Lauderdale has been contacted for comment.
“The mask burning is in full cooperation with local law enforcement and will be done in a safe and controlled manner. Following the mask burning we will March north on A1A, make a sharp left at Seabreeze and march back to where we began. The event will be over by 5pm,” he wrote, adding that “signs are VERY important,” saying that people should have signs with slogans like: “MASKS ARE SLAVERY,” “NO MORE MASKS,” “MASKS OFF CHILDREN,” and “NO VACCINE PASSPORTS.”
“April is a very busy time for Ft Lauderdale Beach and this is exactly why this location was chosen,” Nelson added. “Our goal is for people to see us and be inspired to join in!”
And over the past weekend, DeSantis criticized plans for a vaccine passport system that is reportedly being drafted by the Biden administration. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the administration wants the private sector to take the lead on such proposals.
As a result, the governor announced he would take executive action against such measures.
“I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down,” he said at a White House event.