Governor DeSantis Issues an Executive Order Ensuring Parents’ Freedom to Choose



TO:                  Members of the Press


FROM:            Taryn Fenske, Director of Communications, Governor Ron DeSantis


DATE:             July 30, 2021


RE:                  Executive Order 21-175 (Ensuring Parents’ Freedom to Choose – Masks in Schools)



Good afternoon:


Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-175, in response to several Florida school boards considering or implementing mask mandates in their schools after the Biden Administration issued unscientific and inconsistent recommendations that school-aged children wear masks.


The Florida Department of Health will enter rulemaking in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education to protect parents’ freedom to choose whether their children wear masks.


A copy of Executive Order 21-175 can be found here.




Taryn Fenske

Director of Communications

Governor Ron DeSantis






 (Ensuring Parents’ Freedom to Choose – Masks in Schools)


WHEREAS, on July 3, 2021, I issued Executive Order 21-150 and declared a state of emergency exists for several counties on the West and South coasts of Florida due to Tropical Storm Elsa; and


WHEREAS, on July 5, 2021, I issued Executive Order 21-151, amending Executive Order 21-150 by adding Florida Big Bend counties and inland counties in North Florida to the state of emergency; and


WHEREAS, as of 2:00 PM EST on July 6, 2021, Tropical Storm Elsa was approximately 80 miles southwest of Naples, Florida, and moving north with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph; and


WHEREAS, Tropical Storm Elsa is forecasted to be a hurricane tonight before making landfall along Florida’s West Coast; and


WHEREAS, there is an increasing wind and flood threat to counties in Northeast Florida; and


WHEREAS, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, working together with the National Hurricane Center to evaluate weather predictions, has determined there is a continuing risk of dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, flash flooding, strong winds, hazardous seas, and isolated tornadic activity for western portions of Florida’s Peninsula and portions of the Florida Big Bend, North Florida, and Northeast Florida; and


WHEREAS, the threat posed by Tropical Storm Elsa requires that timely precautions are taken to protect the communities, critical infrastructure, and general welfare of Florida; and


WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible to meet the dangers presented to Florida and its people by this emergency.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron DeSantis, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order, to take immediate effect:

Section 1. Section 1 of Executive Order 21-150 is amended to include the following counties in the state of emergency: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and Union. Section 1 of Executive Order 21-150 is amended to remove Franklin County.

Section 2.  Except as amended herein, Executive Orders 21-150 and 21-151 are ratified and reaffirmed.


Continue reading the full Executive Order here.


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