MEDFORD, Ore-- Hundreds of protests gathered Thursday at Medford City Hall to voice their frustrations over Governor Kate Brown's recent shut down to indoor dining and other indoor facilities.
Last week, Governor Kate Brown notified 15 counties that they would be moving back into 'Extreme Risk' restrictions effective last Friday which included Jackson, Josephine and Klamath Counties.
"Its kind of a shame to see these local business get shut down," said local protester Tyler Woodard. "Its pretty weird circumstances and it wasn't right."
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown announced that the 15 Oregon counties currently on Extreme Risk status will be able to step back down after a week on the heightened restrictions — a move that will apply to Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties.
But according to protesters at Thursday's demonstrations, they've had enough of the governor's back and forth mandates including the man who organized the protest.
This past Tuesday, Hawaiian Hut owner Wes Hunt created a Facebook post asking for people to gather together outside of Medford City Hall demanding that 'a resolution be made that limits the Governor's powers, and strips her ability to damage businesses and schools across Jackson County.' The post also asks that there be an end to the mask mandate that the governor put into effect almost one year ago.
NewsWatch 12 was able to speak to Hunt about the large amount of people that gathered at Medford City Hall in support of his post. Hunt told NewsWatch 12 that this what he had hope for, which was a large amount of people gathering peacefully in support of an end to Gov. Brown's mandates.