San Clemente Residents Protest Stay-At-Home Order Amid Pandemic

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in downtown San Clemente to call for the end of the state-mandated stay-at-home order that has been put into place to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Protest  Against Stay-At-Home Guidelines Amid Pandemic

Tightly packed under the sun and in defiance of the social distancing guidelines imposed by health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of protesters held American flags and signs containing slogans like “I am an AMERICAN and I am FREE” and “No Liberty, No Life, Re-open California!” among many others.

There’s even another that read, “Pandemics does NOT cancel our Constitutional rights!! Freedom over fear.”

Unfortunately, most of the protesters who attended the picket line of sorts did not wear protective masks, despite reports saying that the U.S. now has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Per reports, the protesters reportedly gathered near the pier at San Clemente and proceeded to march for about a mile uphill to reach the intersection of El Camino Real and Avenida Del Mar. To that end, the heavy stream of cars at Avenida del Mar met them with support by honking for the demonstrators.

And according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, there were no arrests or citations that happened and the protesters were allowed to go on peacefully.

Unfortunately, the state is still very much suffering from the coronavirus pandemic with the latest statistics revealing that California passed 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the death toll climbing up to 1,146.

Furthermore, reports made by health officials from Los Angeles County also revealed that 100 people died because of the virus over the weekend.  As such, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 more than doubled in LA County over the past week to 600 despite efforts to curb it.

Still, the stay-at-home guidelines imposed by the CDC garnered a lot of support from Americans in polls with nearly 60 percent of voters saying that loosening the stay-at-home restrictions can lead to more coronavirus deaths.

Despite this, however, protesters believe that the threat is still exaggerated.

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