OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The group “OK Back 2 Work” organized rallies in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to urge leaders to reopen the state.
At Oklahoma City Hall, about a dozen people drove around the building, honking their horns, calling for leaders to open the economy back up.
“We’re always going to have disease and death, we’re not always going to have the economy. More people are going to suffer as a result of shutting down the economy than the whole COVID-19,” attendee Kim Scherer said.
Attendees say the economic impact of the pandemic is far worse than the virus itself.
“The death toll is going to come from the despair, the addiction, the lack of human contact from continuing this lockdown, is way bigger than any kind of death toll from this virus,” Porter Davis said.
They say people who don’t feel safe can stay home, but otherwise they want things back open.
“How many quarantines in history do you quarantine healthy people?” Davis said.
The group rallied last week as well, even getting out of their cars and gathering in a large group.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said last week, “Those people are going to get sick, especially if that behavior reflects their daily activity. I know that those brave and courageous public health professionals, who are actually brave and are actually courageous, are going to take care of those people just the same.”
On the other side, a Facebook group called “Save Our State” is asking the Governor to extend restrictions until the middle of May.
“It’s not best for Oklahoma to open on May 1, which is in the middle of our peak,” organizer Nathaniel Morris said.