23. December 2020 / 7:20 am
/ CBS News
Thousand Oaks, Calif .– A large group of mostly maskless people gathered Tuesday night to protest a possible extension of the Los Angeles County home stay, reports CBS Los Angeles. A group of more than 150 people gathered in the parking lot of Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks at around 5:30 am.
The protesters, led by Kirk Cameron, the actor known for “Growing Pains”, sang various Christmas carols.
The constitution protects peaceful religious gatherings and protests from interference by law enforcement agencies. However, local health officials said Tuesday’s demonstration could prove fatal.
“Some super common events are causing people to die,” said Dr. . Suman Radnakrishna of Dignity Health California Medical Center. “This is only for the season. The vaccine is coming if we can just wait. “
The mall previously tweeted that it will not “condone” this irresponsible but constitutionally protected peaceful protest event. “The mall asked for the event to be postponed, but it didn’t.
The demonstration came after Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that the regional stay at home order imposed by the state on Southern California will almost certainly be extended beyond the scheduled expiration date of next week.
“We are likely, I think it pretty much goes without saying, that we need to extend these regional dates,” Newsom said. “. . . Based on all of the data and based on all of these trend lines, it is very likely that we will need to extend the home stay order based on current trends. (What) you remember was a three week order when we announced it. “
Movements like this have been taking place since the 6th. December across the country. The protests caught on in California when Cameron encouraged people on Instagram to protest peacefully with songs.
The regional stay at home order for the 11-county Southern California region that went into effect at 11:59 PM. m. Dec. . 6, was originally set to end on December. 28.
Newsom did not specify when a decision would be made to renew the order or how long it would last.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health reported Jan.. 954 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total to 647. 542 cases, of which 9. 016 were fatal.
First published on 23. December 2020 / 7:20 am
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