By Autumn Klein
A group of seniors held a protest outside of their nursing home Thursday over coronavirus restrictions preventing them from seeing their family, according to Fox News.
Residents of Fairacres Manor, a Colorado nursing home and rehab facility, have been unable to physically touch their families since the start of the pandemic, according to CBS Denver. To protest these restrictions, more than 20 senior residents and staff members gathered on the street for nearly two hours, CBS Denver reported.
Nursing Home Residents In Colorado Protest COVID-19 Restrictions. Several of the residents in the protest were in wheelchairs and held signs reading, “Rather die from COVID than loneliness” and “prisoners in our own home.” #lockdown #circuitbreak #liverpoollockdown pic.twitter.com/ElNeRV0yjg
— Flint Bedrock (@flintbedrock) October 14, 2020
Fairacres Manor allows visitors five days a week, Ben Gonzales, the manor’s assistant administrator, told the Greeley Tribune. Following Colorado’s COVID-19 guidelines, visitors must remain 6 feet apart and be equipped with proper face protection. Staff and residents of the manor sent letters to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment earlier this year in hopes of loosening these restrictions, according to the Greeley Tribune.
Of the 95 residents, 16 coronavirus cases were reported between late March to mid-May, the Greeley Tribune reported. There has not been a known case since April among both staff and residents, according to the CBS Denver.
The protests were organized by residents Sharon Peterson and Josie Sanchez, according to the Greeley Tribune. “We want to see our families. We miss the hugs. We don’t like the distancing anymore,” Peterson told the Greeley Tribune.
A sign held by one resident read “I’d rather die of COVID than loneliness.”
Nursing Home Residents In Greeley Protest COVID-19 Restrictions
"Rather die from COVID than loneliness," one resident wrote on a sign for the protest. https://t.co/HxxJWeY66B pic.twitter.com/dd0wi0mNJe
— Anica Padilla (@AnicaPadilla) October 9, 2020
“Social interaction is essential to physical and mental health and so we have provided guidance to residential care facilities that allows for that interaction while also keeping residents safe from COVID-19,” Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, according to The Hill.
Fairacres Manor did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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Every day I hug my wife , and tell her how much I love her. I can’t imagine someone trying to tell me that I can’t continue to do that which is life affirming, and one of the pillars of a happy marriage.
The sign displayed at this protest said it all.. ” I would rather die of covid , than loneliness “.
We are losing more by allowing these draconian laws to completely disrupt our social order, and social contracts.
We are basically herd animals and need our contact with our friends and family to establish our place in society and to maintain our normal happy state of mind.
At some point,” We the People”” must decide , just how far we are willing to be pushed into an Orwellian set, complete with face masks , and hand sanitizer, before we say….No.
Oh my goodness, hand sanitizer. Stop the oppression!
Way to intentionally miss the point. Elderly people are dying from isolation and protesting for their liberty from the oppression that is destroying their lives. Don’t be an idiot and ignore the meat in order to continue to avoid critical thinking about what the true outcome of the lockdowns have been.