The articles by the BBC and AFP confirms that thousands of American citizens were protesting across many states against the COVID-19 lockdown rules.
According to the BBC on 21 April 2020, the protesters said that the stay-at-home measures imposed by state governments to control the spread of COVID-19 were an overreaction. Some also said keeping those restrictions in place too long would cause long-term damage to local economies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.