WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A restaurant in Castle Rock, Colorado was packed with Mother’s Day diners on Sunday despite the state’s “safer-at-home” mandate.
- Colorado’s stay-at-home order had expired on April 26 but restaurants must still reduce their businesses to delivery options and drive-up service to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
- A spokesperson for Gov. Jared Polis’ office declared that the restaurant is breaking the law and “endangering the lives of their staff, customers, and community.”
Large crowds dining out for Mother’s Day packed a restaurant in Castle Rock, Colorado, on Sunday, despite a state order that required restaurants to reduce their businesses to delivery options and drive-up service to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
Footage of the packed restaurant, C&C Coffee and Kitchen, drew criticism as most of the customers could be seen not wearing a mask or adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Arellano said, “I’m sure a lot of people are wondering like what the turnout ended up being… This,” she said as she showed the view of the packed tables.
“And then a line down the street. So much for some of those people saying nobody would show up. And our patio’s full too,” Arellano, who can be seen without a mask, added with a smile. She then thanked everyone for their support.
Colorado’s stay-at-home order had expired on April 26 but non-critical businesses must still operate with certain restrictions to prevent future flare-ups of the disease.
A spokesperson for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ office told the Denver Post on Sunday that the state’s “safer-at-home” mandate requires “places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption” to remain closed. Meanwhile, delivery and drive-through service is available.
The spokesperson added, “These restaurants are not only breaking the law, they are endangering the lives of their staff, customers, and community.”
Violation of the state’s public health mandate can lead to jail time or a fine of up to $1,000, the Denver Post reported.
One customer, who only “took the picture and turned right around,” said he would file a complaint with the local department over the apparent violation of the restaurant.
Source: The Hill