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The protesters also had signs that said they don’t consent to social distancing orders. One sign read, “Social distancing or social conditioning?” and another, “Ohio dies when government lies!”
The demonstrators were not standing six feet apart. Some were wearing Guy Fawkes masks and others patriotic bandannas to cover their faces.
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Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, addressed some of the group's concerns in her remarks, saying she understands people are fearful and adding Ohio is working on a recovery plan to get back to business.
A group was protesting Ohio's social distancing orders at the Statehouse in Columbus on April 9, 2020. LAURA A. BISCHOFF / STAFF