Protesters in Maryland call for reopening as states remain divided over restrictions

A protest kicked off in Maryland Saturday with a gathering of people wearing shirts calling for the state to reopen. The group Reopen Maryland, opposed to the state’s stay-at-home order, was planning to drive across the state, concluding with a speech by Republican Congressman Andy Harris, according to the group’s Facebook event.

“Marylanders: If you’re tired of being on indefinite house arrest while the government fails to protect the most vulnerable…if you think taxpayers deserve answers when millions of dollars are secretively spent on still-unused test strips….if your business is struggling and you can’t hang on much longer…come join us tomorrow,” Reopen Maryland posted to its Facebook page Friday.

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order on March 30, stating that “no Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”

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