Standing together, often without masks, protestors in Salem demand Oregon drop virus restrictions

A woman waves a flag at the Capitol during a rally in support of reopening Oregon on Saturday, May 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

SALEM – Hundreds of Oregonians gathered at the Capitol Saturday to protest restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Oregon rally was the latest in a series across the country demanding that governors allow businesses to reopen and lift stay-at-home orders. 

Those attending complained of government overreach as the state’s restrictions stretch into a seventh week with no end date set. Gov. Kate Brown on Friday revealed more details of what she and her health advisers think needs to happen before she relents on her orders, now extended until July. Her plan requires more robust statewide testing to detect COVID-19 and continued declines . . .