Senators Propose Staying On Daylight Saving Time Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Good Idea or Bad Idea-Stay on Daylight Savings Time Until November 2021

If Florida's senators get their way, the United States could completely forego falling back an hour in November and springing forward again in March. Citing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott on Wednesday proposed legislation that, if passed, would skip the upcoming time change and keep the country on daylight saving time through November 2021.

Good idea or a bad idea

The bill would not permanently keep the country on daylight saving time but would suspend clock-changing for one year. The legislators said it would "provide one year of stability for families who are already dealing with enough change with virtual learning, work from home, and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has placed into our daily lives."

At present, daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time on Nov. 1, 2020, and begins again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

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