The Protests Against Stay-at-Home Orders Around the Country, in Photos

Protests were seen Sunday in 9 states nationwide opposing statewide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders enacted to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For over a week, protests have been popping up around the country as states continue to tighten restrictions. As of April 20, there are 746,625 cases in the United States and 39,083 deaths. But despite these grim numbers, some protest their right to not stay at home.

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Last week in New York, which has become the epicenter of the virus in the United States, Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated face coverings must be worn on all public transportation and in for-hire vehicles as well as any other situations where social-distancing is not possible. Despite instruction from lawmakers nationwide—and globally—some Americans are not convinced of the virus's severity and the need to shutdown fixtures of society.

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A protester holds up a sign protesting wearing a mask at the Texas State Capital building on April 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. The protest was organized by Infowars host Owen Shroyer who is joining other protesters across the country in taking to the streets to call for the country to be opened up despite the risk of the COVID-19. Sergio Flores/Getty

COVID-19 has hit all 50 states as well as Washington D.C., the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the CDC. Some of the states where protests unfolded Sunday—including California, Washington, Florida and Texas—are among the states with the highest number of cases.

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Hundreds gather to protest the state's stay-at-home order, at the Capitol building on April 19, in Olympia, Washington. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee instituted the order last month in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Karen Ducey/Getty

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On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that local leaders could make the decision to reopen their beaches as long as social distancing guidelines were followed. Following the announcement, images emerged of beaches filled with visitors throughout the weekend.

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Demonstrators protest during a "Reopen Maryland" rally outside the State House in Annapolis, Maryland, calling on the state to lift stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, April 18. Getty/Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP

Michigan, however, has taken much stricter measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19 under the leadership of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Michigan has one of the highest numbers of cases in the country at 32,000 as of April 20.

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People protest against excessive quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15. The protest was organized by Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine several days after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended her order through April 30 and took the requirements of staying home a step further, banning crossing the street to visit with neighbors or driving to see friends, among other things mandatory closure to curtail Covid-19. Getty/JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Along with closing essential businesses, as many states have done, Governor Whitmer has also blocked people from traveling from one of their homes to another they own, and telling advertisers to stop marketing goods that aren't groceries or other essential items. One of the youngest victims of the virus in the United States, Skylar Herbert, 5, was taken off a ventilator on Sunday in Michigan.

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Protesters rally against stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic at Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia on April 16. With over two million cases worldwide, deaths approaching 140,000, and nearly 4.4 billion people subject to some degree of lockdown, COVID-19 has brought much of the global economy to a standstill. Getty/Ryan M. Kelly / AFP

Protesters cited the loss of jobs and believing the virus is not as dangerous as experts are claiming as reasons for their opposition. On Sunday, President Trump said he believed some governors had in fact taken their restrictions too far.

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A demonstrator wearing a Trump 2020 face mask gathers with others to protest coronavirus stay-at-home orders during a "ReOpen Colorado" rally in Denver, Colorado, on April 19. Hundreds protested on April 18 in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns -- with encouragement from President Donald Trump -- as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. Getty/Jason Connolly / AFP

Some protesters over the weekend, many bringing along their children, were dressed in "Make America Great Again" attire along with merchandise supporting a Trump 2020 victory. Many demonstrations did not align with the White House's social-distancing guidelines which advises against gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Counter-protesters McKinley Callin and Alec Overmann hold signs during a protest demanding that businesses be allowed to open up, and people allowed to go back to work, at the Country Club Plaza on April 20, in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty

The CDC also advises Americans stay at home as much as possible and when venturing outside is necessary, to maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. As some images depict, not all protesters followed this advisory.

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Demonstrators protest during a "Freedom Rally" against Stay-at-Home directives on April 18, in San Diego, CA. Rallies were held at several state capitols across the country last week where mainly Republican protesters expressed their deep frustration with the stay-at-home orders that are meant to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Getty/Sandy Huffaker

The unemployment rate in the United States has skyrocketed since the virus touched down almost two months ago. In the four weeks since President Trump announced the National Emergency, 22 million people have filed for unemployment, the Washington Post reported.

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A local militia walks to the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio on April 18, to protest the stay-at-home order that is in effect until May 1st. Megan JELINGER / AFP/Getty

In some states protesters were met with opposition, including healthcare workers in Colorado who now famously stood in the street in front of a van to which a woman responded by screaming "You go to work, why can't I go to work?" according to The Huffington Post.

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Photojournalist Alyson McClaran, who captured the moment, shared the images on her Facebook page which show at least two healthcare workers, dressed in PPE, standing in opposition to the gathering which was demanding the stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver.

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Alec Overmann, a supporter of the stay-at-home order, demonstrates at a protest against the order at the Country Club Plaza on April 20, in Kansas City, Missouri. Getty/Jamie Squire

Trump declined to denounce the demonstrations during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news conference Sunday.

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