CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A group in North Carolina is pushing elected leaders to re-open businesses in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Reopen NC group is a grassroots movement that wants to end the shutdown and reopen the state no later than May 1. On Facebook, the group has more than 23,000 members as of Monday night.
According to a press release, the group believes the scientific data being released does not support a continued shutdown of the state and that the economy cannot sustain this.
"We want to Reopen NC,” said Ashley Smith, one of the administrators of the group. “Our economy cannot stand for this."
The group is planning a rally at the State Capitol building in Raleigh on Tuesday while maintaining social distancing expectations. Supporters are asked to simultaneously honk their cars for five seconds every 15 minutes starting at 11:15 a.m. to bring attention to their message.
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