COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Friday two protests happened at the State House where demonstrators showed their support for reopening South Carolina’s economy.
At noon, a group called Drive to Thrive asked the community to join in on a mobile protest against the ongoing closures of some non-essential businesses in our state. Their goal was to fill the streets of Columbia with at least 50,000 vehicles.
Demonstrators were encouraged to stay inside their cars, and show an audible display of solidarity by honking their car horns for a full 60 seconds at 12:30 p.m.
They’re also asking participants to support local restaurants and order a meal, to-go, on the way home.
Earlier in the day, a rally was held at 10 a.m.
On that group’s Facebook event page, organizers explain that they plan to ride to the capital city and ask the governor to “reopen and rescue the economy,” saying it’s the people who should take responsibility for the health of our families and businesses.
They’re suggesting that only the sick and at-risk remain in quarantine, adding that while they regret the loss of life, they also regret the loss of so many small businesses.
Friday’s protests come one day after the state’s first Accelerate SC Task Force meeting.
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This task force is made up of leaders from various industries across the state, and serves as an advisory team as state leaders work to reopen South Carolina’s economy.
During Friday’s meeting, Gov. Henry McMaster said, “Everyone wants to get back to work, but nobody wants to have anybody else get sick. We have to be very careful and so that’s what we’re going to attempt to do – step by step, probably be little steps, not rush into. We’re not going to move until we have good reason to move based on the science, the data and all the information.”
The governor also says that this task force will need to help rebuild trust among South Carolina employees after hundreds of thousands of people were left without jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.