Thousands expected for drive-in rally urging Gov. Northam to reopen Virginia

Protesters heading to Richmond on Wednesday

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam believes the commonwealth is not ready to reopen but thousands of people argue otherwise.

Like others across the country, they're planning to protest in Richmond on Wednesday.

The governor has banned gatherings of 10 or more people, so organizers have made this a drive-in rally, which they’ve been promoting with #GridlockRichmond.

Last week, a few dozen people showed up to the state capital in a more traditional protest, calling on Northam to reopen Virginia.

Support for this movement has surged in recent days, with a Facebook group touting more than 31,000 members.

Organizers for Wednesday’s rally told 10 News they’re expecting hundreds of cars and potentially thousands of participants to circle capital square.

Non-essential businesses have been closed since March 23. The entire state has been under a stay-at-home order since March 30.

Reopen Virginia participants call the governor's stay-at-home order until June 10 unreasonable and said it's time to start talking about how to reopen.

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