Ask for Covid vaccine proof in Florida? That'll be a $5,000 fine for ...

Ask for Covid vaccine proof in Florida? That'll be a $5,000 fine for ...
Ask for Covid vaccine proof in Florida? That'll be a $5,000 fine for ...

Inquiring about a person’s Covid vaccination status could soon land schools, businesses and government agencies  with a $5,000 fine in Florida which will begin enforcing its vaccine passport ban September 16.

The crackdown was preceded by an emergency order signed by Governor Ron DeSantis in May, which banned the use of vaccine verification systems in the sunshine state.

When signing the bill, DeSantis slammed proof-of-vaccination passes as ‘completely unacceptable,’ and said they would create ‘two classes of citizens.’

Now, the state is taking the ban a step further with hefty enforcement efforts.

It has authorized Florida's Department of Health to impose fines of up to $5,000 - per offense - to non-compliant businesses, government entities, and schools.

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The details around exactly which businesses the fines would apply to was not immediately clear, nor was how the rule will be enforced.

Neither the governor's office nor the Florida department of health has yet responded to Dailymail.com's inquiries for clarity. 

Florida's ban of vaccine passports, such as the one seen above in California, could get costly for non-compliant businesses, government agencies, and educational institutes

Florida's ban of vaccine passports, such as the one seen above in California, could get costly for non-compliant businesses, government agencies, and educational institutes

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed the bill into law,  has slammed vaccine passes as 'completely unacceptable'

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed the bill into law,  has slammed vaccine passes as 'completely unacceptable'

Details of the passport verification ban are included in Senate Bill 2006, Florida’s emergency management legislation.

Under the law, businesses are forbidden from asking customers about vaccination status before granting entry into a building.

Government entities are likewise prohibited from requiring proof of vaccination from guests.

Students cannot be obliged to produce vaccination cards in order to attend an educational institution under the legislation.

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