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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in North Carolina for a fifth week - days after gov Roy Cooper started relaxing Covid-19 restrictions

  • Gov. Roy Cooper relaxed North Carolina's stay-at-home order last Friday 
  •  ReOpenNC protested for a fifth day to demand lockdown is ended completely
  • Under Friday's modified order, retail businesses previously considered non-essential will be allowed to open, but they must be capped at 50 per cent
Anti-lockdown protesters gathered in North Carolina yesterday for the fifth week despite the governor already starting the reopening process.  
Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday pushed through a new executive order which eased North Carolina's stay-at-home order, but the ReOpenNC group turned up to protest for a fifth week to demand lockdown is ended completely.   
Cases of the deadly virus are generally stable in North Carolina, and testing, tracing and health care supplies have improved enough to warrant increased commerce and movement, Cooper said. 
ReOpen NC protesters demonstrate for pressure North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to reopen the State amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Raleigh, NC, United States yesterday
ReOpen NC protesters demonstrate for pressure North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to reopen the State amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Raleigh, NC, United States yesterday  
ReOpen NC protesters demonstrate for pressure North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to reopen the State amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Raleigh, NC, United States yesterday
ReOpen NC protesters demonstrate for pressure North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to reopen the State amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Raleigh, NC, United States yesterday
A policeman speaks with a demonstrator during the ReOpen NC protests in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday
A policeman speaks with a demonstrator during the ReOpen NC protests in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday
On Saturday, protesters began gathering in Raleigh, in an effort organized by a group called Blue Igloo and ReOpen.     
Conservative-leaning groups had held weekly demonstrations near the Executive Mansion demanding Cooper cancel the stay-at-home order completely in the name of freedom and reopening the economy. 
The state has received more than one million unemployment benefit claims since mid-March.  
Those at a higher risk of dying from complications related to the coronavirus were also seen at the rally in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday
Those at a higher risk of dying from complications related to the coronavirus were also seen at the rally in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday
Under Friday's modified stay-at-home order, retail businesses previously considered non-essential will be allowed to open, but they must be capped at 50 per cent capacity and must direct customers to practice social distancing. 
Workers are urged to wear masks. Parks are encouraged to reopen and more child care centers can now open.
Bars, barbershops and hair salons, and gyms still have to stay closed, and restaurants still can offer only takeout and delivery options, as they have been limited to since mid-March. 
Gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but church services are allowed if outside and congregants remain at least 6ft apart. 

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