Hundreds of people gathered at the Salt Lake City and County Building Saturday protesting local and state policies that have shut down non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizers of the Utah Business Revival rally encouraged families and friends to bring dinner from a local restaurant for a picnic and asked people to keep seven feet apart. Most of the hundreds of participants though were in close proximity to each other as they chanted and cheered for Utah businesses to reopen immediately.
Andrea Breitenstein and her family came from Lehi to attend. She wore a face mask and carried an American flag. Breitenstein is immunocompromised, but she said the government has taken a heavy-handed approach to curbing the outbreak.
“It’s not necessary to choke the whole economy over this,” Breitenstein said. “It’s completely unreasonable.”
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