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Steube to Newsmax TV: DeSantis Right to Restrict Travel to Florida

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Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 30 March 2020 12:46 PM

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., told Newsmax TV's "National Report" on Monday that Gov. Ron DeSantis was right to restrict travel into the state, and said he was right to let local officials decide whether to close their beaches during the coronavirus outbreak.

When asked if he agreed with the governor's decision to restrict travel, the congressman said: "Yeah, and I wish that he had done it a little sooner, and with the flights coming in I wish that we would just be able to somehow domestically refuse people coming from these hot areas in the state of Florida."

Steube added that in one of the largest counties in his district, "the case that started some of the cases that they had there was from an individual who came recently from New York City who didn't know had the virus and then transmitted the virus to a bunch of other people that he worked with. So, it's definitely happening in the state of Florida and it's definitely happening from people that are coming from these areas like New York that have been hit hard with the coronavirus, and I think to protect the citizens of our state that's a step that needs to be taken and I applaud the governor for doing it."

In response to criticism Florida has received for keeping its beaches open while many students are on spring break, which may have helped spread the coronavirus, Steube said: "Well, the governor allowed local officials to make that determination based on the facts and circumstances on the ground in their counties."

He added that Florida is "a very diverse state, and my counties here in my district that have beaches … have shut down the beaches. What's interesting is, we went out yesterday just to drive around and the beaches on the city of Sarasota were shut down, but [in] their intercoastal areas that were not shut down there were still people out walking around, walking in the intercoastal areas. So, the governor has left that up to locals to make that decision, I think that's the right choice."

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