Rally in Augusta to Protest Governor Mills’ Stay at Home Order
A group of Mainers plans to hold a rally at the Blaine House today, to protest the governor's stay-at-home order and urge her to put residents back to work.
State Representative Chris Johansen started the Facebook group called 'Mainers Against Excessive Quarantine' and has organized the rally that will include vehicles circling the Blaine House and a sidewalk rally with bullhorns and posters. A post on the group's website reminds participants to practice social distancing, wash hands, and take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy.
Their grievance centers around the stay-at-home order and the fact that it's put so many residents out of work. They feel the stay-at-home order is an over-reaction that's putting Maine's economy in jeopardy, and that it's time to let local businesses reopen their doors.
The rally is set to begin at noon in Augusta. Governor Mills' stay-at-home order is in effect until April 30th, and could be extended.
Maine CDC officials report 867 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 34 deaths, and 393 people who have recovered.