SAN DIEGO — Protesters gathered outside the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego to call for an end to state health orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
It was the third such protest to take place in the same spot over the last three weeks. Friday’s crowd was significantly smaller than the previous demonstration, but the call remained the same: to fully reopen California.
Reasons ranged from economic woes to what many protesters see as an infringement on their rights.
“I’ve lost money, but most of all I’m impacted because I feel I’ve lost my freedom,” said protester Kathy Vandyke. “This is a free country, and I’ve lost the ability to be able to worship in my church.”
A heavy police presence could be seen monitoring the event.
Like other recent protests, not everyone was wearing masks and even more failed to maintain social distance, although a Facebook page promoting the event encouraged participants to wear masks and obey the law.
Police told FOX 5 there were no arrests or citations issued, but the protest organizers are under investigation to determine if any state or county orders were violated.