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Department of Health launches investigation into Florida businesses violating COVID-19 vaccine law

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 School
  • iThink Financial Amphitheater
  • House of Blues
  • "Straz Center, Patel Conservatory,
  • Next Generation Ballet"
  • Allied Universal
  • Amway Center
  • Grovenor House Condominium
  • ITHINK Amphitheatre
  • Kravis Center
  • The Rock Boat (Norweigian Cruiseline)
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Broward Center of the Performing Arts
  • Moffitt Communications
  • Mobile Mini
  • iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • "Allied Universal / G4S and Bay Care Health Systems"
  • Naples Community Hospital
  • Kravis Center
  • "City of Miramar Vernon E. Hargray, City Manager"
  • Memorial Hospital West
  • """2021 I/ITSEC""
  • Daily’s Place
  • Straz
  • financial center amphitheater
  • Live Nation
  • Alachua County Public Library
  • FDLE, Jacksonville Region, Counterterrorism Squad
  • Plaza Live
  • American Gas Association
  • Miami Marlins
  • Metcalf, Jessica N
  • ATT
  • Dr Phillips Center/Walt Disney Theater (Broadway Series)
  • membership of CWA 3176
  • ECPI University
  • Mid Florida Credit Union ( Zack Brown Concert)
  • AGA : 2021 Operations Conference
  • Feld Entertainment Studios
  • AdventHealth
  • Vertex Aerospace
  • iTHINK Financial Amphitheater / Maroon 5 concert
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The Parker.
  • IThink Financial Amphitheatre and The Parker
  • Titusville, Florida’s Space Coast
  • Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Dr Phillips Center
  • NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
  • Equinox
  • iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa
  • The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa
  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Seafarers International Union
  • AT&T
  • iThink amphitheater organized by Live Nation Entertainment
  • The Doctor Phillips Center
  • The Big Arts Sanibel Island
  • JP Poindexter & Co employees.
  • Straz Center for Performing Arts
  • Tampa Amphitheater
  • DoD employees
  • Live Nation concert
  • Orange County
  • Riverview High School Preforming Arts Center
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Allion insurance, Florida Amphitheater Live Nation
  • Live Nation Concerts- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Doctor Phillips Center
  • Alachua County Library District
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Alachua County Library District (own entity/not ran by Alachua County)
  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Norton Museum
  • David A Straz Center
  • Alachua County Library District
  • Seafarers International Union
  • WBENC
  • Alachua County Public Library
  • The Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center
  • "American Public Transit Association
  • Orange County Convention Center"
  • Florida Trail Association
  • Plantation Police Department
  • Jewel Toffier
  • Titanium Yoga - “VAX ONLY” classes
  • Orlando Lowndes Shakespeare Center
  • "Lauren Poe, Mayor City of Gainesville"
  • "Jerry Demings, Mayor Orange County"
  • Johns Island Club
  • Geo Gaming
  • Skydive Deland
  • Starbucks
  • Van Wezel Performaing Arts Center
  • Coast is Clear Music Festival
  • Merrill Gardens at Champions Gate
  • The Saber Legion - Florida Charter sponsored event: called Florida Kyber Open on November 14th at XL Soccer World Orlando
  • Norton Art Gallery
  • Allegiant Airlines at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport
  • American Maritime Officers Union / Training Facility
  • 4740 Grassendale Terrace
  • Amway Center - Harry Styles concert
  • Florida Repertory theater
  • Military defense contractor
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Dr. Phillips Center
  • House of Blues
  • Leidos
  • Tampa amphitheater / Live Nation event
  • Ithink Financial Amphitheatre / Zac Brown Concert
  • Ithink Financial Amphitheatre
  • Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre / Live nation- Brooks and Dunn Concert
  • Mid FL amphitheater - David Aldean Concert
  • Government contractor for Booz Allen
  • Integrity Title and Guarantee LLC
  • Government contractor for Booz Allen) in
  • House of Blues
  • House of Blues
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Leon County Government
  • County Administrator Vincent S. Long