Protestors lined body bags outside the state capitol in Tallahassee in opposition of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to reopen the economy Tuesday.
The group, who is part of the Indivisible Movement, say the body bags represent lives lost due to COVID-19.
Parts of the state are currently in the first of Santis’ three-phrase plan to reopen the state.
Phase one of DeSantis’ plan allowed retailers and restaurants to reopen in limited capacities in some areas, while movie theaters, gyms, bars and face-to-face personal service providers remain closed.
However, protestors say DeSantis needs to listen to medical experts advice.
“There needs to be adequate testing and there needs to be contact tracing so that we can actually resume our normal lives,” Spike Gram, spokesperson for Indivisible Movement, said.
“Too many people aren’t taking this seriously,” Mike King, another protestor said. “They’re walking around without masks. People have to remember that the mask are not only protecting you but also other people.”
Miami-Dade and Broward counties plan to reopen most non-essential businesses on May 18.
The tri-county area, including Palm Beach County, account for about one-third of the state’s population, but have about 60 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases.