President Donald J. Trump looks at diagrams and photos during his meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has won a battle against the Special Olympics.
The Daily Wire reports that the mandate was in violation of Florida law and DeSantis threatened them with a $27.5 million dollar fine.
DeSantis had leverage over the organization as the Special Olympics was set to be help on Orlando, Florida.
The report stated:
On Friday, the Special Olympics announced that athletes and other participants would no longer have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine “as demanded by the state of Florida officials on May 27, based upon the Florida Department of Health’s interpretation of Florida law.”
“Delegates who were registered for the Games but were unable to participate due to the prior vaccine requirement, now have the option to attend,” the organization said in a press release.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of Special Olympics athletes, families, and fans to an extraordinary 2022 USA Games,” Special Olympics added.
Florida’s Department of Health had sent a letter to the group on Thursday notifying them that the rule ran afoul of the Sunshine State’s laws.
The letter from the Florida Department of Health noted that Florida law, “prohibits a business entity, which includes a charitable organization, from requiring any patron or customer to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business entity.”
DeSantis praised the decision by the Special Olympics as well as the participants of the games.