By Anica Padilla

GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) — Residents at nursing and rehabilitation facility in Greeley organized a protest against Colorado’s coronavirus restrictions. On Thursday, about 20 residents gathered outside Fairacres Manor, many in wheelchairs, holding signs that read “Rather die from COVID than loneliness,” and “Prisoners in our own home,” and “Give us freedom.”

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Ben Gonzales, an assistant administrator at Fairacres Manor, said the residents are upset about the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the state health department.

“They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones,” Gonzales said.

(credit: Natalie Dyer)

Gonzales said the residents are able to see visitors, but they have to stay six feet apart and can’t have any physical contact.

Gonzales told CBS4 the Fairacres Resident Council wanted their voices to be heard — and organized the protest on 16th Street.

“We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore,” said Resident Council President Sharon Peterson, who is 75. “Fairacres follows the rules and, with that, we think they would keep us safe while being able to be with our families again.”

“We did this because one thing we have to look forward to is a simple hug,” Peterson said. “It gives us meaning.”

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Staff members were there during the protest to support the residents and keep them safe.

“We want them to know that their voice does matter,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said staff members were all wearing masks and eye protection, as required, and they made sure the residents wore masks and stayed six feet apart.

“Fairacres needs to be commended on how well they have cared for all of us, but it’s time for our voices to be heard,” Peterson said.

On Friday, the office of Gov. Jared Polis issued the following statement:

“We absolutely understand how difficult it has been for residents of residential care facilities and their families. Social interaction is essential to physical and mental health, and so we have provided guidance to residential care facilities that allows for that interaction while also keeping residents safe from COVID-19. Restrictions have been in place previously, but residents are now able to visit loved ones both indoors and outdoors. In addition, we are doing everything possible to help long-term care facilities mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by working directly with facilities on proper infection control practices that have been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19.”


Anica Padilla

Comments (16)
  1. pau says:

    Well done! Bravo to these residents. I think the majority of us all agree with them. This covid nonsense has gotten out of hand.

  2. Kay Dee says:

    Of course, this piece ended with THE STATE’S opinion ruling over people’s sovereign rights has human beings. No solution . . . status quo.

  3. EnoughIsEnough says:

    This is so heartbreaking for the residents in nursing homes. It’s infuriating that WE THE PEOPLE are having our freedoms limited over a virus that has a 99% of survivability. If people are afraid, they should have the freedom to wear masks and stay indoors. For everyone else, LET US DECIDE WHAT RISKS WE ARE WILLING TO TAKE – especially older citizens, who have so little left in life!

  4. bigern77 says:

    Wait until they start increasing the 5G frequency. It is known to produce many of the same symptoms that COVID allegedly does. That will be your 2nd wave. People will *actually* be getting sick as opposed to almost no one now. And they’ll blame it on the “virus” of course. And then they’ll demonize “covid-deniers” and “anti-maskers” as irresponsibly causing the 2nd wave.

  5. Tim Woolsey says:

    I live in Los Angeles. We have the same problems. The Veterans Home is home to 300 people, and we cannot see any one except through close window. We have not had anyone get sick from COVID since March. What do we have to do? When is this over? Does anyone know?

  6. Gail Lindsey says:

    Polis doesn’t tell you that the rules for visiting a resident in a nursing home depends on the numbers in that county, and that CDPHE hasn’t updated those rules in over a month. Can’t see my Mom in a Boulder facility yet and it’s been 7 months. Now here comes that 3rd wave …

  7. NOSLEEP says:


  8. Anna says:

    Scamdemic NWO UN Agenda 21

  9. Morris says:

    By the time you are in a “care home” you know your death is the next big event for you. I at age 93 do not want the small joys taken away. The folk in CO are very correct.

  10. johnnybkay says:

    The coronavirus “pandemic” is a fraud — an invisible, all-purpose enemy to which the government can attribute any dangers it wants to frighten and control us.

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous redistribution of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    The international corporate elite has used every organization under its control — which is to say, every organization of consequence — to promote this false narrative.

    According to numerous studies and the government’s own data, at least 98% of those who have the coronavirus are asymptomatic — they have no symptoms. They are not sick.

    The vast majority of the rest have minor symptoms. Only a very small percentage of the remaining group — almost all of whom have pre-existing co-morbidity factors such as asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes, or morbid obesity — have severe symptoms. Only a very small percentage of that group actually die.

    In terms of its real effect, COVID-19 is like a mild flu — a very mild flu.

    There is no legitimacy to any of it. The masks, the “social distancing”, the “social bubbles”, the “self-isolation”, the “self-quarantining”, the “contact tracing”, the “flattening the curve”, the “alone together”, the shutdowns, the lockdowns, the push for vaccination, the push for testing, the bans on assemblies and large groups, the restrictions on churches and prayer groups — none of that is to keep us safe, but all of it is to condition us to accept more government control, more arbitrary regimentation, more transfers of taxpayer money to the corporate elite, and mandatory vaccination.

    We have been lied to every step of the way. News reports of overworked doctors, overflowing morgues, crowded hospitals, crowded ICUs, emergency rooms inundated with thousands of COVID-19 patients, racing ambulances full of COVID-19 patients, mass graves, and refrigerated trucks full of bodies are contradicted by numerous videos of empty hospitals, empty waiting rooms, empty “testing centers”, and parked ambulances in the alleged “epicenters” of the pandemic.

    The coronavirus charade is no different from previous virus panics — SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Zika — only now the people at the top think we are divided enough, stupid enough, and weak enough to submit to a massive acceleration of the ongoing transfer of power and wealth from us to them. Sadly, it appears that they are correct.

    Too many of us still believe — despite overwhelming historical and contemporary evidence to the contrary — that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything — especially about the big things.

    1. At any age, having & keeping a strong immune system is the way to experience nothing more at most from this or any virus than a mild-mod flu-like illness. I say that at age 75 having experienced 2d at end of Feb feeling a bit “dragged out”, T no higher than 99.4F. Took some additional immune system boosters over usual healthy longevity regimen & was normal in 2 d. Husband age 82 experienced nothing. Maintain VitD blood level >50ng/mL!

      This coronavirus should serve as wake-up call to get & stay healthy, which includes a strong immune system. Too many ppl in No.Amer are extremely overweight/obese – a risk factor for all types of disorders AND severe illness from this virus. Don’t expect a face mask to keep a person healthy….

    2. wally says:

      you are absolutely spot on…your comment is correct in every way

    3. Crackpot Harry says:

      Wow, it’s a good thing that I come to local CBS web sites! I’m convinced that 5G causes COVID! God bless Trump! He’ll save us from QAnon!

  11. Mike Harris says:

    Luckily, NBC 9 didn’t provide ‘security’ for this protest.

  12. TomTancredoFan says:

    Recall the fat headed nincompoop governor now!

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