Loud Voices on Saturday as Yakima says No to Masks and Mandates
COVID-19 mask and vaccination mandates aren't very popular with some people in the state of Washington and Yakima County.
MANY IN YAKIMA ARE CONCERNED THE MASKING MANDATES WILL BE BACK
On Saturday hundreds of people who stand against the mandates gathered during a Yakima Freedom Rally at Chesterly Park at 40th and River Road. The rally was planned last week after more COVID-19 news and talk of indoor mask mandates come back in two counties in the state. Many are concerned the mandates will grow and eventually lead to a state mandate and possible lockdowns. Those gathered at the protest Saturday in Yakima carried American Flags and signs many saying they were against masking and vaccination mandates.
SOME WHO RALLIED SATURDAY WERE HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Some of those at the rally were local medical workers who are against being ordered to get the vaccine. They don't have a choice since the Governor on August 9 made it mandatory for state employees and most health care and long-term care workers to get the shot. They must be vaccinated by October 18 or they will be lose their jobs. Hospitals in the state say they expect some medical workers to step down rather than be vaccinated.
Yakima County Commission candidate Autumn Torres joined the rally on Saturday holding signs and an American flag showing her support for freedom and her stance against ordered vaccinations and masking.
Other rallies and protests are expected in Yakima County and around the state as more masking mandates are ordered by local and state government in Washington.