Residents of a Greeley, Colorado nursing and rehab facility stood outside of the building on Thursday holding signs in protest of the state's coronavirus restrictions.
Dozens of senior citizens stood or sat in their wheelchairs outside Fairacres Manor with signs reading, "Rather die from COVID than loneliness," "Prisoners in our own home," and "Give us freedom."
An assistant administrator at the nursing home told CBS4 Denver, "They want to be able to hug their grandchildren, they want to be able to hold the hands of their loved ones."
Residents of the facility are not allowed to make contact with any guests and have to stay at least six feet away at all times.
The home's 75-year-old Resident Council President explained, "We used to be lucky here at Fairacres to show each other what we mean to one another and we cannot do that anymore. 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," they added. "It gives us meaning."