U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Friday, May 1, he believed that the CCP Virus pandemic is now under control in the United States and it’s “time to start rolling back” restrictions across the country.
“It is time to start rolling back some of these restrictions in an orderly and sensible way and the president has provided his Opening the United States Again plan that provides a sensible approach, framework, to that,” Barr said during an “#AsktheAG” Q&A session on Twitter.
Barr was answering one Twitter user who asked him about the constitutional rights of Americans amid state-enforced lockdowns. Barr said while governments had the right to impose “reasonable and temporary restrictions” during times of emergency, they must justify those restrictions “as truly necessary and ensure that there are not other ways of addressing the government’s interests less burdensome on our rights.”
“But now that the curve has been flattened, the rate of spread has been slowed, our system has not been overwhelmed and has time to adjust to this situation,” Barr said.
Barr went on to refer to President Donald Trump’s guidelines that provide a framework to open the country and noted that the Justice Department is on the “lookout” for any overreach by state and local governments.
On Friday, lockdown protests took places across the country amid mounting frustration over the economic impact from the CCP Virus.
In Huntington Beach, California, several hundred gathered to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to close all beaches in Orange County. A plane flew overhead the crowd with a banner reading, “Fire Gruesome Newsom! Open California!” reported NBC News.
WATCH: Large crowds gathered in Huntington Beach to protest the closure of Orange County beaches — which Gov. Gavin Newsom closed because of large crowds at area beaches. https://t.co/FuksIg1cmJ pic.twitter.com/QInDR5Dt80
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) May 1, 2020
As Illinois began another month under a statewide stay-at-home order, a group of protesters in Chicago’s loop held signs that read “Freedom and Facts over Fear” and called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, to reopen the state’s economy.
— Chicago MAGA Meetup (@MAGAMU312) May 1, 2020
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters angrily flooded Michigan’s Capitol on Thursday, to protest the governor’s stay-at-home orders.
“Yeah, there’s a virus, but it’s more of a politician problem that it’s gotten this far. There’s no reason for us to be locked down. She’s trashing our state,” a protester told Michigan Radio, referring to Whitmer, who recently extended the stay-at-home order until May 28, which provoked legal challenges from the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature and a lawsuit from five local businesses over constitutional rights.