Protesters in Rhode Island challenged coronavirus restrictions after the first phase of Gov Gina Raimondo’s reopening plan went into effect this weekend, gathering at the State House in Providence to voice their demands on Monday, May 11.
This video shows the scene outside the State House on Monday afternoon as drivers on US-44 honked their car horns and other ralliers held signs and flags.
Raimondo unveiled a framework to reopen the state starting May 9, gradually lifting restrictions on businesses and residents stage by stage. Large gatherings are still forbidden, but nonessential retailers are now allowed to open with restrictions. “Close-contact” businesses such as beauty salons and gyms are still closed, as are entertainment venues, according to the guidelines.
As of May 10, Rhode Island had reported 11,450 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 430 deaths. Credit: @RIINCIDENTS via Storyful