FREDERICK Md. (WJZ) — A group protesting Maryland’s business closures during the coronavirus pandemic has organized another rally for Saturday, May 2, this time starting in Frederick and ending in Salisbury.

Reopen Maryland is planning a “road rally” across the state to protest Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay at home order. They want the governor to reopen the state so that people can get back to work.

“There is no evidence base for stay-home orders. We have not received transparent information about data underlying decisions. Nor has the Governor demonstrated sympathy to his constituents or justified his oppressive measures. This is why we are protesting,” the group posted to its Facebook page.

The group says Gov. Hogan exaggerated numbers when he said Maryland could end up being like New York with the number of cases.

“Claims used to justify restrictive measures, such as the Governor’s statement that we would look “a lot more like New York” by Easter, have been shown to be highly exaggerated,” the group posted. “New cases and new deaths have been trending down for days in Maryland. States such as Georgia, with more cases, more deaths, and fewer tests completed, have announced plans to open for business as of May 1.”

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The in-vehicle rally will begin around 10 a.m. at the Frederick Scott Key Mall and then the group will travel along I-70 East to 695 to 97 to 50 and cross the Bay Bridge then down to Salisbury.

They are making a lunch stop along Kent Island.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is expected to speak at the rally’s closure at The Centre at Salisbury around 2:30 p.m.

The group previously demonstrated in Annapolis on April 18, where most protesters stayed inside their vehicle and followed social distancing rules.

They wanted the state to reopen on May 1. The group says it represents more than 20,000 Marylanders.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (2)
  1. P. M. Bodkin says:

    Hogan needs to stop treating the 80% of the rural parts of the State like they have something in common with Maryland’s Urban Areas. Rural MD needs to get back to work and to school. Please don’t tie our lives down needlessly based on Urban contact models.

  2. Poppy Mac says:

    There is nothing stopping farmers from working. Workers in chicken processing plants on the eastern shore have said they are afraid to go back to work-you can not force people to work- their fears are justified. Crowded working conditions are not safe. So what if there is little to no meat to eat, we will live.

    The kids are getting schooling online & their parents should be home schooling them. It is ultimately the parents’ responsibility to see their kids are educated. Rural kids are no different.

    I hope they arrest them all this time , nothing but a bunch of trumper yahoos looking stupid with misspelled signs (OK, yeah, do you want people that stupid educating their kids?)

    Hey you want to go to work, then go. If where you work is closed then go find another job in Trump’s booming economy. Why don’t YOU go work in those poultry processing plants?

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