“Freedom over fear,” read one protester’s sign in Indiana.
“Shutdown the shutdown,” another sign in Maryland said.
Car horns blared in the streets of Annapolis, where members of the group Reopen Maryland said the closures of businesses have been financially devastating.
In Indianapolis, protester Andy Lyons said he understands the health risks. But he wants the government to back off.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he understands “the frustration among the people that want to get things open right away. I’m frustrated also.”
“We’re doing everything we possibly can to reopen in a safe manner,” the Republican governor told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “But I don’t think it’s helpful to encourage demonstrations and encourage people to go against the President’s own policy.”
It’s too early to reopen, according to White House guidelines
Hogan, the chairman of the National Governors’ Association, said states such as his own haven’t met those White House guidelines yet.
Trying to prevent a deadlier second wave
Whitmer told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that her state is definitely not ready to reopen.
“Michigan, right now, has the third highest death count in the country” from coronavirus, Whitmer said.
“No one’s more anxious to re-engage our economy than I am. But I want to do it in a way that really does save life. … That means that we can avoid a second wave. Because as tough as this is, it would be devastating to have a second wave.”
Health officials have warned additional waves of coronavirus are virtually inevitable. But “it’s up to us how big those other waves will be,” epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant said.