Protest erupts in Milford over governor's shutdown order

Milford. The protesters' motivation was mostly opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf's statewide shutdown of small business. People chanted: If big business can be open, then why not small business?

20 May 2020 | 02:28

On Friday, May 15, there was an event at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford that would definitely have to be termed a protest event.

There were many pro-President Trump signs, pro-America signs, and pro-First and Second Amendment signs. The protesters' motivation was mostly anti-Governor Wolf and his statewide shutdown of small business. People chanted: If big business can be open, then why not small business?

People of diverse cultures were present, all adamant about their discomfort with the way things are going in this state and country. They waved American flags and said they did not want to see the United States slip into the type of government-dominated country they'd left behind.

There were banners, signs, flags, and bullhorns blaring messages about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This was a very spirited protest but there was no violence.

There were no counter-protesters on the scene. The only opposing views were expressed from some passing cars, few and far between, whose occupants were totally unhappy with the protest. Most passing by were either in support or chose not to rattle any cages.

Objections were, however, expressed online. Some complained that the protesters were not wearing masks and therefore putting themselves and others at risk. They said the protesters were foolish and selfish, and that this kind of activity might just prolong the shutdowns if the result was more people getting sick.

I asked around if anyone knew who organized this event. Nobody had a clue about that. The most I could get is that the idea seemed to be mentioned on social media and then took on a life of its own. It appeared to be more spontaneous than planned.

Surrounding areas open up
Wayne County is among 12 additional Pennsylvania counties moving to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. The other newly added counties are Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and York, making a total of 49 counties in the yellow phase. The remaining 18 counties, including Pike County, are still in the red, stay-at-home phase that's been in effect since March 19. No county is yet in the green, no-restrictions phase.
"Through our social distancing efforts, we have not only reversed a trajectory of exponential new case growth -- we have cut it in half," Gov. Wolf said last week. "And some of the counties that will be shifting into the yellow phase eliminated concerns that we had just two weeks ago. So please, keep up your efforts in the fight so we can continue to add counties to the list of those in the yellow phase."
In hard-hit New Jersey, nonessential businesses opened Monday for curbside pickup. Nonessential construction also opened up. The change comes as New Jersey is reporting higher hospitalization rates, positive cases, and deaths per 100,000 people than any other state.
Shore towns can open their beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend. Beaches and lakefronts can reopen as of May 22, but gatherings such as concerts and fireworks will be prohibited. Each town must establish its own capacity limitations and ways to enforce social distancing. Boardwalk restaurants may remain open for takeout only, but amusement parks and playgrounds remain closed.
Fishing charters and other chartered boat services and watercraft rentals were cleared to resume at the shore beginning May 17, with social distancing and online payments to lessen person-to-person contact required. Six Flags Great Adventure says it will soon reopen its drive-through safari now that the governor has allowed drive-by activities.
New York State, which suffered the world's deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, started a four-phase reopening process on May 20 in seven regions: the Capital District, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York.
Long Island, Mid-Hudson, and New York City remain under lockdown.