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Protesters demonstrating in downtown Goshen against Indiana mask mandate

GOSHEN, Ind.-- Today marks day one of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order to implement a face mask mandate across the state. 

Demonstrators plan to gather at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Downtown Goshen at 3 o'clock to protest the executive order.

The group Stand Against Indiana Mask Order says their message is simple.

The mask order implemented by Governor Holcomb is an overreach of government.

One of the events organizers tells ABC57, that decision should be left to the people.

The latest data provided by the Indiana Department of Health shows Indiana's daily total positive rate is higher than when the pandemic began and stay at home orders were implemented. 

The death rate, however, at the lowest since the pandemic began.

Among those protesting ready to have their voices heard in front of the Elkhart County Courthouse Monday is House District 22 Republican State Representative Curt Nisly.

He believes there is due process and that if Governor Holcomb wants the mandate to become law, he should call a special session to the general assembly.

“We’re free people. We should be able to make decisions about our lives, about our health. Churches, businesses, people should be able to make decisions about their health. Government should not be forcing it. If they do, it should come through the legislature, not from the governor through an executive order," said Nisly.

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