RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News reporter Talya Cunningham was in downtown Richmond today for a rally calling on Gov. Northam to reopen businesses in Virginia.
Dozens of demonstrators drove through the city protesting the coronavirus-related restrictions placed on businesses across the state. The event was backed by Sen. Amanda Chase who encouraged people to attend through her Facebook page.
Sen. Chase told 8News she’s received a bevy of calls from Virginians saying they are ready to get back to work. She feels the best thing for the commonwealth is to “safely reopen.”
“We can open Virginia, we can make Virginia great again,” Sen. Chase said to commuters Wednesday.
Sen. Chase told 8News that when it comes to the state’s reopening, Virginians don’t need a “maybe,” they need a “definitely.”
“We have a government-induced recession and we need to put an end to that by getting people back to work,” she said.
Floyd Bayne, who told 8News that he’s been out of work since March, agrees.
“I think we should open Virginia back up and let businesses and individuals decide for themselves how they want to deal with this situation,” Bayne said.
Governor Ralph Northam said non-essential businesses are expected to reopen on May 15. The declaration was encouraging, according to Sen. Chase, but not enough.
“Many Virginians want to get back to work,” she said. “Many small business owners have to provide for their family and they have not been able to do so.”
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