Protesters Urging Gov. Baker To Reopen State Amid Pandemic


SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Protesters are calling for an end to state-wide restrictions meant to slow the spread of coronavirus. The protesters, with Liberate Massachusetts, delivered a message outside Gov. Charlie Baker's house in Swampscott on Thursday.

"My business is a small business," one protester told WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens. "And we can't do business with any other small business until we can go outside."

Dozens of people held signs and flags, including messages for Gov. Baker to "open up Mass," and a truck plastered in messages of support for President Trump.

There were also people in masks with signs expressing support for the stay-at-home orders, and thanking Gov. Baker for "keeping us safe."

The protestors in Swampscott are one of several groups across the U.S. demanding the end to their state's stay-at-home orders and non-essential business closures amid the pandemic.

"Why can I go to a liquor store and buy a bottle of liquor, and sit there and consume booze all day, yet I can't buy a pair of shoes?" said one protestor. "Unless I go to Walmart, Walmart is open. The shoe stores are closed. I don't think Charlie Baker wears Walmart shoes, I don't either."

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports:

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