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Protesters: "No more lockdowns"

Posted at 8:55 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 20:55:15-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many Western New Yorkers took to the streets, hoping to send a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

They say enough is enough when it comes to the COVID-19 restrictions being placed on businesses and people.

“We want to have some freedom back in our state,” said Nancie Orticelli, who was protesting.

“I can’t even have any of my relatives come to visit me because they’re not allowed in New York,” said local activist Run Thompson.

Thompson hosted the rally today.

“The lockdowns are detrimental to not only the economy but the people,” he said.

Supporters here say it’s the continued restrictions to families and businesses that are doing more harm than good.

Western New York region had a 1.0% positive test rate for Tuesday. Erie County had 34 new positive COVID cases over the last three days.

Still Governor Cuomo announced the state will now withhold funds for localities and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones identified by the state that fail to enforce public health law.