DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of protesters gathered in Downtown Dallas Tuesday morning to call for businesses to reopen and a return to work as stay-at-home orders remain in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents with a group called Park Cities Republican Women got together at Dealey Plaza with signs in hand to protest orders in place. Although, this type of gathering is in violation of not only Dallas social distancing guidelines but statewide, as well.

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The group said it disagrees with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ orders during the pandemic as the protesters believe they should be able to make their own decisions as far as going to work or where to shop.

“While we are sadden by the loss of lives to this virus, we also want to be considerate of others and responsible in our choices,” the Park Cities Republican Women group said.

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There are currently just over 2,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dallas County and 60 deaths. Dallas County has the second-highest number of cases in Texas behind Harris County.

Stay-at-home orders are expected to remain in place until at least April 30, but they could be extended, if needed.

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to begin slowly reopening Texas businesses, starting this week. On Friday, an executive order is expected to allow nonessential retailers to reopen their doors but for “to go” purposes only, so far.

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