Delaware County protesters call for reopening of businesses

MEDIA, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  A group of small business owners in Delaware County staged a protest Thursday, calling on government officials to let them reopen their doors.

As part of the Open Up Delco Freedom rally, dozens of protesters were in front of the Delaware County courthouse with signs and chants, calling on officials to let them reopen their businesses. 

“We’re here to represent the Constitution, and to protect our rights that have been taken from us,” said Leah Hoopes, a Bethel Township Republican Party committee member and owner of a property management company, who also organized the protest.

She said she’s upset with how Delaware County Council and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf have handled the pandemic response.

“For the people across the county who I’ve spoken to, who are devastated, who haven’t received any income, whether it’s from unemployment, a stimulus check of PPP loans,” she said. 

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“We have no revenue to pay our bills, but yet the bills are still coming in,” said protester Sandi Driscoll, who added her salon, Scissor Works, has taken the proper measures to reopen.

“Why can’t we open safely and keep our clients, ourselves healthy? What deems a business essential, nobody has set those rules yet,” she said.  

Delaware County Council chair Brian Zidek said they’re hard at work to get businesses and the county up and running in the safest way possible.

“Understand that just because you don’t hear us publicly decrying action doesn’t mean we aren’t forcefully trying to make the case for what’s in the best interest of Delaware County,” he said. 

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