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Colorado closes restaurant that told patrons: if you’re worried about breaking social distancing rules, don’t come in

By on April 19, 2021 0


Update: State health officials closed the restaurant on Monday for at least 30 days.

C&C Coffee and Kitchen had had enough of all the coronavirus restrictions and, via its Twitter TWTR,
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feed, inform President Donald Trump that he was about to take action:

What exactly did it mean by taking this position?

The Castle Rock, Colorado store opened for Mother’s Day in defiance of the state’s public health order restricting restaurants to take-out and delivery services.

And the audience responded. Check out this clip, which has been viewed over 4 million times:

Too bad for social distancing.

The crowd, however, was not welcome for at least one customer, who called it “amazing” and, according to the Denver Post, filed a complaint with the Tri-County Health Department.

“I wasn’t even going to eat the food even though I had it,” said Nick Whitehill, who was there for a curbside pickup order. “I walked in, took the picture, and turned around.”

He wasn’t the only one challenging the restaurant’s decision to flout the order. Here’s a tweet from Chris Fuselier, owner of Denver’s Blake Street Tavern:

The governor’s office issued a statement on Sunday condemning the move. “These restaurants don’t just break the law, they put the lives of their staff, customers and the community at risk,” said Deputy Press Secretary Shelby Wieman of the governor’s office.

April Arellano, owner of C&C Coffee and Kitchen, who says KDVR that some 500 people showed up throughout the day, explained the move in a Facebook FB,
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post, saying the restaurant would close if she didn’t start attracting customers.

“We are so late,” she said in a comment. “We have been complying for two months. We can’t do it with sales of $ 200 / day when 2 employees cost me $ 250 not including food, cost, utilities and rent. “

If the sign greeting people entering the restaurant was any indication, customers knew what they were getting into.

“BE CAREFUL: our freedom does not end where your fear begins,” reads the welcome message. “If you are afraid of being within 6 feet of another person, do not enter this business!”

State health officials closed the restaurant on Monday for at least 30 days, the Denver Post reported, with Governor Jared Polis calling it an “immediate health hazard.”

“If the state does not act and more businesses follow suit, it is a virtual guarantee that people will lose their lives and it will further delay the opening of legitimate businesses,” Polis said.

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