"Reopen" Protest Hits Downtown

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - A loud, if not incredibly large "reopen" protest took place at the State Capitol Wednesday, the same day the House of Delegates was meeting outside on the Capitol Grounds as part of the veto session.  The State Senate was meeting a few miles away at the Science Museum of Virginia. 

Protestors wanting to reopen Virginia circle the State Capitol on April 22, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The protestors, mostly in their cars, were pushing for the coronavirus shutdown to end and for the economy and businesses to reopen.  Governor Ralph Northam (D) has issued a stay-at-home order until June 10, and non-essential businesses are shutdown until May 8th.  Opponents argue the orders are killing the economy, and leaving people out of work.  Health officials say reopening too soon will lead to a second surge of coronavirus cases and overwhelm hospitals.

Law Enforcement at a closed State Capitol on April 22, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The General Assembly is considering the Governor's amendments, as well as looking at the budget, passed in March, but now in rough shape because of the coronavirus shutdown.