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More than 1,000 gather at Colorado racetrack to protest governor's coronavirus orders

More than 1,000 gather at Colorado racetrack to protest governor's coronavirus orders
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More than 1,000 people attended a rally at the Bandimere Speedway outside Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday to protest Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisNursing home residents stage protest of coronavirus restrictions Newsom's EV executive order will help make California breathable again Colorado governor signs pardons for people convicted of minor marijuana possession MORE's (D) COVID-19 measures.

A press release for the event, titled "Stop the COVID Chaos," said the rally is an expression of "our God-given right to demand a stop to the COVID Chaos Governor Polis has inflicted upon all of us with his Executive Orders and Public Health Orders."

The Jefferson County Public Health office had filed a suit against the race track to enforce social distancing requirements, but a judge ruled she could not legally file an injunction over the department's pandemic measures, The Denver Post reported.

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"People have a right to express their opinions and grievances, and we fully respect freedom of speech and expression," a spokeswoman for the department said of the Tuesday rally. "At the same time, we are concerned about public health and safety."

County public health orders require pre-approval for large gatherings and measures such as required face coverings and social distancing, although an announcement for the rally did not mention enforced distancing or a limit on crowd sizes.

The rally comes as Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R) and conservative activist Michelle Malkin filed a lawsuit last week alleging the governor's pandemic mandates violated the separation of powers requiring laws to be passed by the legislature.