Protests Against COVID-19

Maddi Haines, Staff Writer

Around the world entire nations have locked down to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While this is a protective measure to stop the spread of this disease, some believe the shutdown has infringed on their rights. A New York Times article stated, “Consider California. Three weeks ago, hundreds gathered at the Capitol to protest the state’s stay-at-home order. In response, the California Highway Patrol indefinitely banned all in-person protests at state facilities.” The policies of “social distancing” and stay-at-home orders have been put into place to protect citizens from the spread of the virus in hope to lower the curve of the CoronaVirus. With these protests you have hundreds of people gathering in one place not following the “6 feet apart” idea to keep people separated.

 But the protests are protected under the first amendment that citizens have the right to petition the U.S. government. Governor Gavin Newsom created  new social distancing guidelines so the citizens of California could get their essential items and stay working if they were still able. Some protests have also occurred because groups of people believe that the virus has been exaggerated by scientists and governmental figures and are protesting against the virus itself. Scientists around the world are doing their best to bring out a cure to this virus that has taken so many lives and so much of the year 2020.