Despite stay-home orders, protesters gather at Spokane County Courthouse

SPOKANE, Wash. — Protesters gathered outside the Spokane County Courthouse on Sunday, eager to lift Gov. Inslee’s stay-home order. 

“As an American citizen, you are supposed to be free,” said Brian Forrilla. 

Like so many others across the country, Forrilla is out of a job at the moment, and he wants to get back to normal as soon as possible. 

While medical experts say the key to getting back to normal is staying apart, Forrilla doesn’t see it that way- and neither do protesters across the state. 

Demonstrators can’t make sense of what’s considered essential and non-essential, and how that’s affecting the local economy. 

In a Twitter thread Sunday, Governor Jay Inslee said he understands the frustrations like Forrilla’s, but “this is not the time to halt the progress we have made.” 

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Until life gets back to normal, Forrilla says he’ll be ignoring warnings to stay home with weekly protests outside the Spokane County Courthouse. 

“You may contract anything. You can contract the flu from me, you can contract malaria from me, you can contract smallpox from me. You can’t guarantee that any of us are vaccinated,” said Forrilla. 

Washington’s stay-home order will stay in effect through at least May 4.

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