Hundreds Protest COVID-19 Lockdown at Boston Rally

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, May 4, to protest coronavirus shutdown measures and demand the reopening of nonessential businesses.

Protesters held signs that read “shutdown the shutdown” and “everyone is essential.” The rally was organized by the same group responsible for the Boston Straight Pride Parade, the Boston Herald reported.

Gov Charlie Baker announced on Friday that face masks were mandatory in Massachusetts when in public.

“This is going to be a way of life,” Baker said. “If everybody’s wearing a mask, it will dramatically reduce the opportunity and possibility of spread.”

This video, shared by attendee Lawrence DiPietro, shows the scene on Monday afternoon in Boston.

Rallies around the US have called for state reopenings, among them Illinois, California, and Oregon.

As of May 3, Massachusetts had reported 68,087 cases of the coronavirus and 4,004 deaths. Credit: Lawrence DiPietro via Storyful