NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WHSM) -- In part of a nationwide rally for freedom, people gathered Saturday in Northampton to protest the closure of Massachusetts while others gathered to show their support for the current restrictions and stay-at-home advisory.

This comes after Connecticut announced its reopening plan, but Massachusetts still has not.

Protests like the one in Northampton have been happening all over the nation. People are coming together to protest the lengthy closure of non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We just want to get out and support our wartime president,” said Chris Ryan, correctional officer for Trump.

It was a tense afternoon in Northampton with people yelling at each other through their cars and blaring car horns at one another.

While holding signs and wearing masks, some were protesting the closure of non-essential businesses and a loss of civil liberties while others gathered to protest the protesters.

Those people made it clear they are in favor of the stay-at-home advisory and the current coronavirus restrictions.

“There’s a lot of people from all over Massachusetts who are coming here to Northampton to basically try to spread the disease at us,” said Dana Goldblatt of Northampton.

“We’re following the governor’s guidelines on masks, and we just don’t think it’s a problem,” Ryan said. “Look at it this way, if the protesters are outside protesting us for being outside, it’s a win.”

The rally was part of a nationwide rally for freedom movement to show support for states opening up after weeks of restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

Rallies were held as close as Connecticut and as far as California.

Ryan, who organized the event, said they are not anti-quarantine, but now they want the economy to start up again. He said their message is simple.

“Freedom. Let's get back to work. Let's take care of each other. Let’s support our wartime president because this is a war. We are in an economic war,” Ryan said.

With protesters on both sides of the issue, Goldblatt said the event to her felt like a win.

“I think it showed there are more people who care about individual safety and workers’ safety who want to pull together and protect each other than there are more than us, than the people coming down infecting each other and willingly let people die,” she said.

The protest follows Gov. Charlie Baker answering questions in a press conference Friday making it clear that he does not see Massachusetts reopening any time soon.

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