Protest for moderate coronavirus rules in Lansing today

News 8 will have crews in Lansing and will bring you the latest on the protest as it develops.


LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Protesters are expected to converge on Lansing today at noon to show their opposition to the governor’s extended stay-at-home order.

“Operation Gridlock” is scheduled to begin at noon. Protesters aim to clog traffic around the Capitol to make their point.

Opponents to the stay-at-home order, which was extended last week through April 30, say some of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mandates are excessive and inconsistent.

“People are basically being told what they can and can’t buy at stores. Nothing makes sense. You can buy a bottle of liquor, but you can’t buy a gallon of paint,” Matt Seely with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, one of the organizations behind the protest, told News 8 earlier this week.

Opponents to the measure don’t object to all social distancing requirements — they’re not asking to gather in large groups — but want more temperate rules that would let many people get back to work.

Operation Gridlock protesters have been told to stay in their cars and that only people from the same household should share a car. However, there has also been talk from other protest groups of getting people out on foot.

At a Monday press conference, Whitmer acknowledged the hardships her orders have caused. She said she would always support people’s right to free speech, but asked them to remain separated while they protest so as to not expose themselves, each other or law enforcement to the virus.

According to data released by the state Tuesday, Michigan has recorded 27,001 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,768 people have died after contracting it. New figures will be released this afternoon.

 

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In a previous version of the story, it has the incorrect amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases. It has since been corrected.