Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix Monday demanding that Governor Doug Ducey lift restrictions on businesses meant to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
Demonstrators say the government has vastly overreacted to the disease.
Many protesters ignored the recommendations of health officials to remain at least 6 feet from others and wear masks in public. Some people carried American flags or wore clothes with messages supporting President Donald Trump.
Ducey has been cautious in describing how and when he might ease his stay-at-home order. His spokesman says he appreciates the passion of the protesters but will keep following the advice of health officials.
The Arizona Department of Health Services says as of Monday there were 5,064 positive tests for COVID-19 and 187 deaths statewide. Officials say more than 54,000 tests have been given for Coronavirus across the state as of midday Monday.