Department Of Health Launches Investigation Into Florida Businesses Violating COVID-19 Vaccine Law – WTSP.com

The department has released a list of over 100 businesses and entities that were reported by Floridians.

TAMPA, Fla — Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic and the Florida Department of Health is cracking down on businesses trying to enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates and requirements.

The department released a list full of more than 110 businesses and performers all under investigation, saying each violated state law aimed at preventing COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandates.

Many of the entities were reported by Floridians and visitors through complaints submitted to the department of health at VaxPassFreeFL@FLHealth.gov.

According to Florida DOH, it now has the authority to enforce penalties on applicable entities and institutions that require documentation of vaccination or post-exposure status. 

Mid September, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first threatened cities and entities with vaccine mandates with fines of up to $5,000.

“If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law,” DeSantis said.

Florida law prohibits the following entities from requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery:

A Business: May not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations.A Government: May not require persons to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the government operations.An Educational Institution: May not require students or residents to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery for attendance or enrollment, or to gain access to, entry upon, or service from such educational institution. Right now the department says the following businesses and individuals were the identifiable entities under review with DOH right now:

Saint Edward’s SchooliThink Financial AmphitheaterHouse of Blues”Straz Center, Patel Conservatory,Next Generation Ballet”Allied UniversalAmway CenterGrovenor House CondominiumITHINK AmphitheatreKravis CenterThe Rock Boat (Norweigian Cruiseline)Raytheon TechnologiesBroward Center of the Performing ArtsMoffitt CommunicationsMobile MiniiTHINK Financial Amphitheatre”Allied Universal / G4S and Bay Care Health Systems”Naples Community HospitalKravis Center”City of Miramar Vernon E. Hargray, City Manager”Memorial Hospital West”””2021 I/ITSEC””Daily’s PlaceStrazfinancial center amphitheaterLive NationAlachua County Public LibraryFDLE, Jacksonville Region, Counterterrorism SquadPlaza LiveAmerican Gas AssociationMiami MarlinsMetcalf, Jessica NATTDr Phillips Center/Walt Disney Theater (Broadway Series)membership of CWA 3176ECPI UniversityMid Florida Credit Union ( Zack Brown Concert)AGA : 2021 Operations ConferenceFeld Entertainment StudiosAdventHealthVertex AerospaceiTHINK Financial Amphitheater / Maroon 5 concertBroward Center for the Performing Arts and The Parker.IThink Financial Amphitheatre and The ParkerTitusville, Florida’s Space CoastGasparilla Music FestivalDr Phillips CenterNEW WORLD SYMPHONYEquinoxiTHINK Financial AmphitheatreThe MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in TampaThe MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in TampaArmory Center for the ArtsSeafarers International UnionAT&TiThink amphitheater organized by Live Nation EntertainmentThe Doctor Phillips CenterThe Big Arts Sanibel IslandJP Poindexter & Co employees.Straz Center for Performing ArtsTampa AmphitheaterDoD employeesLive Nation concertOrange CountyRiverview High School Preforming Arts CenterCarnival Cruise LineAllion insurance, Florida Amphitheater Live NationLive Nation Concerts- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union AmphitheatreDoctor Phillips CenterAlachua County Library DistrictRoyal CaribbeanAlachua County Library District (own entity/not ran by Alachua County)Alachua County Board of County CommissionersNorton MuseumDavid A Straz CenterAlachua County Library DistrictSeafarers International UnionWBENCAlachua County Public LibraryThe Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center”American Public Transit AssociationOrange County Convention Center”Florida Trail AssociationPlantation Police DepartmentJewel ToffierTitanium Yoga – “VAX ONLY” classesOrlando Lowndes Shakespeare Center”Lauren Poe, Mayor City of Gainesville””Jerry Demings, Mayor Orange County”Johns Island ClubGeo GamingSkydive DelandStarbucksVan Wezel Performaing Arts CenterCoast is Clear Music FestivalMerrill Gardens at Champions GateThe Saber Legion – Florida Charter sponsored event: called Florida Kyber Open on November 14th at XL Soccer World OrlandoNorton Art GalleryAllegiant Airlines at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airportAmerican Maritime Officers Union / Training Facility4740 Grassendale TerraceAmway Center – Harry Styles concertFlorida Repertory theaterMilitary defense contractorDisney Cruise LineMidFlorida Credit Union AmphitheatreDr. Phillips CenterHouse of BluesLeidosTampa amphitheater / Live Nation eventIthink Financial Amphitheatre / Zac Brown ConcertIthink Financial AmphitheatreMid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre / Live nation- Brooks and Dunn ConcertMid FL amphitheater – David Aldean ConcertGovernment contractor for Booz AllenIntegrity Title and Guarantee LLCGovernment contractor for Booz Allen) inHouse of BluesHouse of BluesNorthrop GrummanLeon County GovernmentCounty Administrator Vincent S. Long