More than 1,000 gather at Colorado racetrack to protest governor’s coronavirus orders
More than 1,000 people attended a rally at the Bandimere Speedway outside Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday to protest Gov. Jared Polis’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.
“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.
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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.
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