Saturday, April 18th, 2020, a ReOpen Maryland protest took place in Annapolis, Maryland. It lasted about 2 hours, from 12pm to 2pm EST. The protest was organized by “Reopen Maryland”, a Facebook group “of Maryland citizens concerned about the impact of mass shutdowns and school closures in response to COVID-19,” according to their page. It also stated that they are a peaceful advocacy group who wants the “immediate, responsible reopening of [Maryland’s] business, educational, and religious institutions.”
Lilly Price, a reporter for the Capital Gazette, an Annapolis newspaper, was on the scene, capturing videos that she uploaded to her Twitter which you can see below.
The ReOpen Maryland group has put out a petition on Change.org Thursday asking Governor Larry Hogan reopen the state “immediately.”
“We acknowledge the tragedy caused by COVID-19 and appreciate that it is a significant public health concern. However, the economic, social and educational disruption caused by shutdowns is guaranteed to cause significant, even greater, harm, leading to increased deaths, economic disruption, loss of livelihood, and educational challenges for Marylanders and their families, and far less disruptive means of managing the disease can be employed,” the petition states.
“Marylanders are struggling daily to pay bills, maintain family unity, ensure their children’s well-being, and remain connected. Research has demonstrated that non-economically disruptive social distancing measures can be sufficient to control the spread of COVID-19, and we call upon Governor Hogan to hear his constituents and immediately begin the responsible reopening of our state.”
Republican state delegates have sent a letter to Hogan asking him to “consider a regional approach to relaxing the restrictions,” the Capital Gazette reported, such as in rural areas of the state.
Hogan stated on Friday, during his daily coronavirus briefing, that the measures taken by the state, which include closing down businesses deemed non-essential, are necessary.
“I completely understand why people are anxious to get things going. I want to get our economy back and get things opened up as quickly as possible just as much as anybody does, but we’re also going to have to do that in a safe manner,” Hogan said.
Maryland has 12,308 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to date and 463 deaths, according to the Maryland COVID-19 Data Dashboard.