Florida classifies pro sports as “essential services” during pandemic

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Florida is paving the way for a return of sports, provided no fans are present.

A memo circulated by Jared Moskowitz, state coordinating officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, has decreed that sports are to be considered “essential services” for the purpose of the executive order on the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The memo says that people who are allowed to work during the pandemic include “Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”

In other words, nationally televised pro sports could take place in empty arenas in Florida.

The WWE has already taken advantage of that ruling, and aired Monday Night Raw last night from its Orlando training center.

This does not mean the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Jaguars can return to work: The NFL has ruled that no team may begin working at its facility until all 32 teams are allowed to return.

But it does show that pro sports may be able to return sooner than some are expecting, at least in Florida and any other states willing to let them. For the NFL, the start of the season is still far enough away that no one really knows what the situation is going to be by then, but other pro sports may look to Florida as a place where they can get games going soon.

Just because putting on pro sporting events in Florida is legal, however, doesn’t mean it’s responsible. When “essential” services are exempted from stay-home orders, the idea is to allow businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies to stay open because people can’t live without food and medicine. Allowing nationally televised pro sports to take place is about the state of Florida making money off lucrative businesses, not about health and safety.

20 responses to “Florida classifies pro sports as “essential services” during pandemic

  1. How about we begin to treat adults as adults and let them make decisions for themselves. The nanny state has/will forever ruin our national pride and capacity to excel. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves, so much for Rugged Individualism. Florida has the right to do as they please, a further return to States Rights will benefit the United States as it has for the last 250 years. If the populace has a problem with the way Florida deals with its citizenry then they can leave, vote leaders out of office or speak their minds at the top of their lungs. Those are the provisions afforded us through the Constitution.

  2. Well written MDS – and asking the right SMH questions. I’ll ask it a different way…what is wrong with Florida? Or South Dakota? Or Louisiana. Etc. I like my sports as much as anyone. But my concern for others outweighs my need to watch it or participate.

    There is clearly a portion of this country that just Does. Not. Get. It. And I am including Dak Prescott in that mix.

  3. You mean most states can and should be able to return to sports sooner rather than later. World doesn’t revolve around New York, and we shouldn’t cancel a whole dang season because of New York

  4. Florida governor DeSantis is a dangerous buffoon. He recently said that Florida’s schools should reopen because no children have contracted the virus. He obviously has no clue that not only have plenty of young people become sick, but also even worse that children are carriers to their parents and grandparents. Apparently DeSantis also thinks that teachers, cafeterias, and custodians are somehow immune.

    In addition, DeSantis initially refused to close Florida’s beaches during spring break. He is as dangerous as Georgia’s governor Kemp, who admitted that he had no clue that asymptomatic people could spread the virus.

  5. The Governor of Florida is a pathetic example of a political hack who cares more about votes then the health and safety of the people . Just like Trump .

  6. I understand his order. People are stuck at home with nothing but reruns on tv. Equally important to our physical health is our mental health. Sports give us a bit of escape from our daily grind and, thus, help improve our mental health.

  7. Growing up, I remember my Dad teaching me the difference between need and want. For the fan, pro sports is a want, not a need.

  8. Florida man.. errr DeSantis strikes again. This guy is clueless. Billionaires over public health.

  9. @FlorioIsACommie Our forefathers argument really.. Our ancestors already kicked your @ss on this issue. States rights are secondary to the Federal Government. See the civil war. Get out of here with your utter nonsense.

  10. But building a football stadium is considered an essential service?
    LA and Las Vegas???
    As long as the donation checks clear to the Republican party coffers, everything is essential.

  11. “I understand his order. People are stuck at home with nothing but reruns on tv. Equally important to our physical health is our mental health. Sports give us a bit of escape from our daily grind and, thus, help improve our mental health.”
    _________

    Stop parroting regressive talking points about increased suicides or PSTD resulting from staying at home. You are not deceiving anyone. Alt-righters like you have no concern about people’s mental health. In fact, you reprobates regularly claim that mental health issues are “fake news”.

  12. FlorioIsACommie says:
    April 14, 2020 at 7:19 am
    How about we begin to treat adults as adults and let them make decisions for themselves.
    //////////
    Your post might be the most ignorant I have read here in a long time. Your way of thinking puts innocent lives at risk. But you don’t care, as long as you can go about your business, watch sports, and “make your own decisions”. It’s actually quite astounding that people like you exist, and are the exact reason we have laws and penalties for violating our laws.

  13. cardinalsfan20 says:
    April 14, 2020 at 10:18 am
    “I understand his order. People are stuck at home with nothing but reruns on tv. Equally important to our physical health is our mental health. Sports give us a bit of escape from our daily grind and, thus, help improve our mental health.”
    _________

    Stop parroting regressive talking points about increased suicides or PSTD resulting from staying at home. You are not deceiving anyone. Alt-righters like you have no concern about people’s mental health. In fact, you reprobates regularly claim that mental health issues are “fake news”.

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    You do realize there may never be a vaccine for this. Yes social distancing and restrictions will have to be maintained but a total lockdown forever is not sustainable. There has to be ways to open back up the Economy. Having people loose there jobs at this rate and loose all of our small businesses in America is not the answer either. Borrowing trillions and putting this country more into debt is not the answer either. There are responsible ways to do this.

  14. objectivefbfan says:
    April 14, 2020 at 7:34 am
    Well written MDS – and asking the right SMH questions. I’ll ask it a different way…what is wrong with Florida? Or South Dakota? Or Louisiana. Etc. I like my sports as much as anyone. But my concern for others outweighs my need to watch it or participate.

    There is clearly a portion of this country that just Does. Not. Get. It. And I am including Dak Prescott in that mix.

    ———-

    Some people Just. Aren’t. Sheep. And. Tend. To. Question. Everything. Especially. When. The. Actual. Numbers. Don’t. Reflect. The. Level. Of. Hysteria. Over a month now and I still don’t know anyone with Covid. Not saying it doesn’t exist, but I was led to believe we’d be in the peak of it right now, and the spread would devastate the entire nation. Predictions of 250,000 dead. Not seeing it, sorry. A few thousand dead among 330 million (mostly centralized in a few big cities) isn’t cause for everyone in the country to lose their rabid minds. Sports are important for unity and mental health, which is a cause people are suddenly ignoring. If they can organize sports in a safe manner, with no crowds, minimal people, and testing after each game, why not? Worst case scenario is we have another Gobert/Mitchell scenario, and nothing came of that. The players would be quarantined and receive the best health care on the planet.

  15. “There has to be ways to open back up the Economy. Having people loose there jobs at this rate and loose all of our small businesses in America is not the answer either. Borrowing trillions and putting this country more into debt is not the answer either. There are responsible ways to do this.”
    __________

    There “have” to be ways, not “has”. “Economy” is not a proper noun and should not be capitalized except at the beginning of a sentence. And who exactly is loosening their jobs and small businesses? Were those jobs and small businesses tight prior to the stay at home orders?

    Why are you homeschooled Trumpsters so inept at grammar?

  16. One thing that the state government of Florida is proving – you can’t fix stupid.

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