Facing a new wave of COVID-19 shutdown orders set to take effect Monday, roughly 50 protesters gathered outside the home of Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Sunday.
The protesters expressed their dislike for the new orders, chanting "Open L.A.!" and "no science, no data, no shutdown." Some wore or carried American flags and at least one person had a Trump flag. Police officers monitored the crowd.
The latest city order remains in effect until December 20 and imposes restrictions on retail establishments, bans most gatherings, and asks people to wear face masks outside and to stay home as much as they can.
Los Angeles has seen 381,535 COVID-19 cases and 7,249 COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the county health department. Both city and state officials have threatened to impose more stringent restrictions. Los Angeles county officials specifically have warned that if more than 4,500 new cases are reported in a five-period, or hospitalizations exceed 2,000, additional restrictions would be put in place.
In response to the protest outside her home, Ferrer acknowledged people's right to demonstrate and redirected attention to containing the virus.
"My hope is … it's a relatively small group of folks and that it doesn't in any way detract from what I think is the most important task in front of us right now," Ferrer continued, according to local news station KCBS-TV. "Yes, we're asking a lot, and yes, people are going to have to make more sacrifices. But if we don't get this virus under control it will cost all of us dearly."