Charlie Crist Says he is Open to Statewide Mask Mandate if he Becomes Governor

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 2, 2022 Updated 12:53 PM ET


May 2, 2022 Updated 12:53 P.M. ET

WILTON MANORS (FLV) – Democrat Charlie Crist said at a campaign event that he is “open” to a statewide mask mandate if elected as Governor, according to a Fox News digital report

Current Congressman and Democrat candidate for Governor Charlie Crist was asked by an attendee at the event if he would be open to mandating or regulating masks, according to a video Fox News received. 

I would be open to doing what scientists advise — not political scientists,” Crist said. “Yes. I just read an article this morning. I’m glad you brought it up. So I’m going to the airport right after this. I’m going to Orlando, and I’m going to wear a mask on the plane. You don’t have to anymore, but I’m going to because Florida is experiencing an uptick that began this week. And it’s not even the Omicron B2. It’s a new variant.”

Earlier this month a Florida federal judge struck down the Biden Administration’s mask mandate on public transportation and airplanes. The Biden administration has since appealed the decision. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis called the administration’s mask mandate “COVID theater.” Florida joined 20 other states in suing the Biden administration to end the mask mandate. 

“Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” DeSantis said in March. 

Florida has no COVID restrictions and promised not to lock down the state down. 

Agriculture Commissioner and Democrat candidate for Governor Nikki Fried received backlash from Democrats when she tweeted a picture of herself smiling on an airplane without a mask. 

“Peace out to the TSA mask mandate, but also peace and respect to others, whether wearing a mask or not,” she said.

The RealClearPolitics average polling data showed DeSantis leading at 50.4% with Crist at 41.6%. The average polling data showed DeSantis leading at 52% with Fried at 39.2%.

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