Crowds gather in Brookfield to protest extension of 'Safer at Home' order

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 18:32:37-04

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Hundreds of people gathered in Brookfield to protest the extension of Wisconsin's "Stay at Home" order which is scheduled to end on May 26.

The horns were blaring and a long line of protesters took the southern stretch of Bluemound Road for the protest.

A majority of protesters carrying USA flags along the stretch of road.

"We are coming down to basic rights and it’s a decision to stand as close as they are. But we are still a free county," says Sal Collura, a protester.

Collura and others said it's about opening the economy.

“We’re here to stand up for our god-given rights in the constitution in the United States of America," said Dan, who brought his family to the protest. He declined to share his last name when asked.

Others driving by said public health should be the number one priority.

“I believe there is a fine line between individual rights and science and this is where I feel we’re crossing the line," said Tiffany, who also declined to share her last name when asked.

The Stay at Home order will go through May 26.

The extended Safer at Home order noted that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year and eased restrictions on other businesses.

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