Protestors Chanting 'Open O.C.' Gather in Orange County for Anti-Lockdown Rally

Protestors gathered in Orange County, California, on April 27 for a demonstration against the state’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Footage of the rally uploaded to Facebook by Armando Cepeda shows protestors in cars and on foot congregating around Orange Plaza Square Park in the city of Orange. One protestor holds a sign reading: “Poverty kills, we are trading one disease for another.”

The protest follows several others across California against stay-at-home restrictions, including in San Diego, Palm Springs, and Huntington Beach. This follows a national trend of state-wide protests against COVID-19 restrictions.

As of April 27, California had reported 43,464 cases of COVID-19 and 1,755 deaths. Cases in Orange County hit 2,126 on the Monday after a reported surge over the weekend. Credit: Armando Cepeda via Storyful