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Protesters rally against Governor’s stay-at-home order in Solvang!

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By Solvang Journal Staff

Many rallies across California were organized against Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. 

Demonstrations took place from the capital in Sacramento to San Francisco and San Diego, while large crowds turned out in Orange County’s Huntington Beach, a recent flashpoint after Newsom ordered beaches there to close.

In Solvang, some local merchants and residents rallied at Solvang Park yesterday afternoon to protest reopening the Santa Ynez Valley.

Nearly 100 protesters, some wearing masks and keeping social distance, lined Solvang Park facing outward toward Mission Drive, waving handmade signs reading “Open Solvang Now” and “honk if you want Solvang Open” for passing vehicles who honked their support.

Local resident and rally organizer Breann Hollon, said there are more people out of work than have come down with COVID-19

Another protester was Harlan Munneke, owner of Solvang’s gift shop Mole Hole, who said: “ like every other local Solvang business, we strongly feel the need for everyone to be able to reopen business now.” 

Solvang City Council members Chris Djernaes, Robert Clark, and Daniel Johnson were there to show their support of Solvang’s reopening. Councilmember Chris Djernaes is one of the council members pushing for the reopening of Solvang.

Solvang City Council Member Daniel Johnson, The Bread Shop Owner Jan Papescu and City Council Member Chris Djarnaes were at the Open Solvang Now rally

Modoc County in northern California became the first to defy statewide orders by allowing nonessential businesses to reopen and diners to eat in restaurants. Modoc county, in the state’s far north-east corner, near Oregon, had no confirmed COVID-19 cases, a local official told the media.

Modoc County in northern California became the first to defy statewide orders by allowing nonessential businesses to reopen and diners to eat in restaurants. Modoc county, in the state’s far north-east corner, near Oregon, had no Covid-19 cases, a local official told the media.