Florida confirms its first two cases, and Governor Ron DeSantis declares a public health emergency.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces that the state has launched efforts to rescue people stranded from their homes by flooding from Ian. Additionally, President Joe Biden declares Ian a major disaster.
The Special Olympics lift their COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the upcoming Special Olympics USA event in Orlando, Florida, after Governor Ron DeSantis urged them to do so or face threats of a $27.5 million fine.
A Leon County judge strikes down the mask mandate ban imposed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announces that the Biden administration will offer financial help to schools who defy mask mandate bans imposed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis and Texas governor Greg Abbott. This comes following criticism of DeSantis and Abbott from the Biden administration for banning schools from imposing mask mandates.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces that, on July 1, the state will suspend all local COVID-19 emergency measures.
Governor Ron DeSantis issues an executive order banning the state from issuing vaccine passports.
President Donald Trump hosts an Operation Warp Speed vaccine summit. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards attend the event.
In an effort to prevent those visiting the state for spring break from gathering on beaches amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis institutes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines preventing large crowds and says "the party’s over." However, he stops short of closing all public beaches in the state, despite calls for him to do so.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in the state within days.
Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum concedes defeat to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.