Special Olympics drops vaccine rule following $27M threat of a fine

The Special Olympics has removed a mandate for coronavirus vaccinations for its games in Orlando.

Special Olympics drops vaccine rule following $27M threat of a fine

The Special Olympics has removed a mandate for coronavirus vaccinations for its games in Orlando. This was after Florida threatened to fine Special Olympics $27.5 million for violating state laws against such rules.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday that the organization has removed the requirement for competition in the state. The contest is set to run from June 5 through June 12.

"In Florida we want all of our athletes to be able compete. "We don't think it's fair to marginalize some of these athletes based upon a decision that has not bearing on their ability compete with honor and integrity," DeSantis stated at a news conference held in Orlando.

In a Thursday letter, the Florida health department informed the Special Olympics about the penalty. It stated that the Special Olympics would be fined $27.5million for 5,500 violations to state law requiring proof of coronavirus vaccine for participants or attendees.

Florida law prohibits businesses from requiring documentation about a COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis strongly opposes vaccine mandates and any other policies that promote the spread of viruses endorsed by federal governments.

The Special Olympics stated that people who are registered but cannot participate due to the mandate can now attend.

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