Hundreds gather to protest stay-at-home orders


Iman Baber

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, governments across the globe have enforced quarantines, or periods of social distancing, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, many have protested against the stay-at-home orders across the U.S. One such protest took place here in Santa Clarita. 

On May 5, hundreds from across the Santa Clarita Valley gathered at the intersection of Valencia Blvd. and McBean Pkwy. to protest the stay-at-home order enforced across California since early March. 

Standing under one of the first clear blue skies seen since the beginning of the isolation period, the protesters held signs reading messages such as “Free America” and “All Jobs are Essential,” accompanied by an abundance of “Make America Great Again” hats and Trump banners. Few heeded distancing rules of six feet between individuals, and fewer wore protective equipment such as face masks, despite CDC warnings. 

Whatever one thinks about the quarantine period, it cannot be denied that communities must work together in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect those among us who are most vulnerable. 

So Cats, during these uncertain times, please heed the warnings of the CDC and other appropriate government officials, in order to protect yourself and your family. Stay safe!