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Gridlock AZ hits state capitol in push to reopen Arizona's economy

The demonstration joins a nationwide set of protests calling to see a reopening of the economy.

PHOENIX — Hundreds of people in the valley were out demanding the state reopen the economy on Sunday. There were similar protests around the country.

The protestors jumped in their cars and filled the streets around the state capitol, honking their horns. For around an hour and a half, the capitol grounds were full of honking horns, flags, and signs. 

Jim and Lori French were two of those protesting. 

"This has been 30 days already or something. It’s been ridiculous. Let us out" Jim French said.

"People die from all kinds of things every day, it’s the way of life and no one makes a big deal about it." Lori French said. 

Governor Doug Ducey put a stay at home order on March 30th. 

Recent data suggests the social distancing efforts are working and the coronavirus curve is starting to flatten.

The governor's order is set to expire at the end of April. On Friday the Governor said he would look at data over the next two weeks to decide how, and when, the economy would start to open up. 

The concern from experts is if social distancing measures are relaxed too soon, a second spike of cases could occur.

Protestors in Phoenix and across the country do not want to wait for the economy to reopen.

“We are here to liberate Arizona." Bill Way, the events organizer said "Governor Ducey, flip the switch”

"It’s not a light switch you flip on and off it’s more like allowing more oxygen in our economy and do it a way that is responsible." Governor Ducey said Friday.


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