Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, listens to debate during the Senate session at the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The Sense passes several gun related measures. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, listens to debate during the Senate session at the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The Sense passes several gun related measures. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Protesters are expected to return to the state capitol to oppose extended business closures kept in place by Gov. Ralph Northam that aim to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase, who announced that she was running for governor in 2021, posted about the rally on Facebook, encouraging people to parade in their cars in Capitol Square.  She also said she will attend the rally. 

“Gov. Ralph Northam has overstepped his authority by imposing restrictions on businesses that are crippling our economy,” Chase said in an email. “Yesterday, the governor extended his draconian orders to May 15. This is too much. We need to tell the governor we are ready to go back to work.”

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Scientists, doctors and other experts disagree, and sent a letter to Gov. Northam on April 24, urging more aggressive social distancing measures in the state, not less. They said the measures were necessary “before we can safely reopen Virginia.”

Despite that message, Chase requested that people go to the Capitol from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., asking them to honk their horns to encourage the Governor to turn his “MAY” safely reopen Virginia to a “DEFINITELY” reopen Virginia on May 15.

The rally is scheduled to take place during Northam’s press conference at 2 p.m. 

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