PHOTOS & VIDEO: Rally to reopen Virginia held in downtown Richmond

Virginia News

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.

Rally to reopen Virginia, May 6, 2020
Sen. Amanda Chase waved at participants of the rally to reopen Virginia on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. “I’m concerned about our public safety, but we don’t have to legislate everything,” said Sen. Chase at the rally. “We can educate people on the risks and proper precautions as we reopen Virginia.” (Photo: Talya Cunningham)
Rally to reopen Virginia, May 6, 2020
A participant in the rally to reopen Virginia on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Photo: Talya Cunningham)
Rally to reopen Virginia, May 6, 2020
Sen. Amanda Chase waved at participants of the rally to reopen Virginia on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Photo: Talya Cunningham)

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.”

LATEST HEADLINES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

More Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Local Events