Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vocally spoken out against any and all vaccine mandates, including those at the federal level.
Last week, Governor DeSantis made a major move, signing a bill that restricts employers from mandating that their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This forced Walt Disney World Resort — which is located in Orlando, Florida — to halt its vaccination requirement for all Cast Members.
The Washington Post reported:
Disney said it still believes its “approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one.”
But amid the uncertainty caused by the new state laws, Disney “will address legal developments as appropriate,” the statement said.
Under the legislation passed in a special session last week, Florida companies are barred from mandating that all employees get vaccinated, and instead must allow workers to “choose from numerous exemptions…”
Now, one worker has spoken out about feeling “relieved” and “grateful” that Governor DeSantis took action. Previously, some Disney Parks Cast Members have protested the vaccine requirement. One of these employees, 16-year veteran Nick Caturano, shared with Click Orlando:
‘’I feel relieved. I feel grateful,’’ Caturano responded.
Caturano said he was defending freedom when he previously organized protests against the Disney mandate
‘’I’m more worried about everybody else than myself and I’m happy to see that all the people that were anxious, especially around the holidays, got that pressure off their back, that monkey off their back, and they’re going to be able to keep their jobs,’’ he said.
Caturano said his email also reads that Disney is pausing its mandate because of OSHA suspending its enforcement of federal mandates for employers.
Click Orlando’s report also noted that, at this time, approximately 90% of Florida Cast Members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is important to note that Disney’s vaccine requirement pause does not impact workers at California’s Disneyland Resort.
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