Could Daylight Saving Be Extended During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

September 16, 2020

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The U.S. may not “fall back” in November or “spring forward” next March if a new bill aimed at temporarily extending daylight saving time during the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott on Wednesday introduced legislation that would extend daylight saving time in the U.S. through Nov. 7, 2021.

The proposed change “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,” the Republican politicians said in a release.

“Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, and while I believe we should make it permanent all year round, I urge my colleagues to — at the very least — work with me to avoid changing the clocks this fall,” he added. “More daylight in the after school hours is critical to helping families and children endure this challenging school year” 

Daylight saving time is currently set to end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 this year and resume on Sunday, March 14 next year.

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