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'So much for people saying nobody would show up': Colorado restaurant owner boasts about her packed dining room after breaking law to open for Mother's Day as Gov. Polis slams her for 'endangering lives' (13 Pics)

Shocking footage has emerged showing a Colorado restaurant packed with diners for Mother's Day, in defiance of the state's lockdown rules. 
Video taken inside Castle Rock's C&C Coffee and Kitchen and shared online shows crowds of people waiting for their food, enjoying drinks at tables and sitting close by to one another, many without masks.  
In a Facebook live video owner April Arellano thanked everyone for their support, showing off her packed restaurant. She added: 'So much for some of those people saying nobody would show up.'
But Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' office slammed the footage, saying: 'These restaurants are not only breaking the law, they are endangering the lives of their staff, customers and community.'  
Restaurants and bars in the state are still limited to takeout only with social distancing restrictions. In the footage people appear to be drinking coffees and drinks at tables inside the restaurant. 
Sharing the footage online, Nick Puckett wrote: 'Happy Mother's Day from C& C in Castle Rock, where the owner said this is almost double a normal Mother's Day.' 

Video taken inside Castle Rock's C&C Coffee and Kitchen was shared online. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' office slammed the business for breaking the law
Video taken inside Castle Rock's C&C Coffee and Kitchen was shared online. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis' office slammed the business for breaking the law
It shows as crowds of people wait for their food, many without masks, on Sunday. Restaurants are still limited to takeout only with social distancing restrictions
It shows as crowds of people wait for their food, many without masks, on Sunday. Restaurants are still limited to takeout only with social distancing restrictions
Owner April Arellano said: 'So much for...people saying nobody would show up'
Owner April Arellano said: 'So much for...people saying nobody would show up'
The health department said: 'We are disappointed that Cookies and Crème has decided to ignore the Governor's Safer at Home order and open up today with no attention to social distancing.' 
Businesses that violate the governor's safer-at-home directive are subject to a fine up to $1,000 or a jail term, according to the Denver Post. A spokesman for the governor told the newspaper that 'Coloradans can contact their local public health department if they believe someone is violating Safer at Home'. 
One customer intends to do just that. He said he will file a complaint against the Castle Rock restaurant after witnessing the packed environment.  
“I wasn’t even going to eat the food even if I had gotten it. I walked in, took the picture and turned right around,” he told the Denver Post.
Additionally, the Health Department said in a statement it plans to 'follow up with this restaurant to ensure that they, like other restaurants in the county, take appropriate steps to protect the public health, by limiting service to curbside and take-out service. 
As of Monday morning, Colorado has reached 972 deaths from the coronavirus, and more than 19,700 people have tested positive for the illness.
State data show more than 3,600 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak. Fewer than 600 people were in Colorado hospitals with symptoms of the illness as of Friday.
Castle Rock's C&C Coffee customer Holly Burrell told 9News: 'I'm here to support this because I love the fact that we all have choices. That's what being an American is about. 
'I think we need to focus on the healthy people being out and the people that aren't healthy to stay in.'
In Shasta County, California the Cottonwood Rodeo drew huge crowds
In Shasta County, California the Cottonwood Rodeo drew huge crowds
Pictures show large groups congregating, close by to one another without face coverings
Pictures show large groups congregating, close by to one another without face coverings
The Cottonwood Rodeo, pictured, said it provided hand sanitation stations
The Cottonwood Rodeo, pictured, said it provided hand sanitation stations
And there were similar scenes around the country. In Shasta County, California the Cottonwood Rodeo drew huge crowds despite restrictions. 
Pictures show large groups congregating, close by to one another without face coverings. Don Johnson told KRCR: 'We have constitutional rights. We have inalienable rights given to us by God.' 
Daniel Warner added: 'This event has been going on for 50 years, it is a tradition for probably most of us, the rest of them that are here have been tired of being cooped up for months.' 
The Cottonwood Rodeo said it provided hand sanitation stations and the Shasta County Sheriff's office confirmed it would not be enforcing the stay-at-home order.
In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, there were long lines outside a local Red Lobster
In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, there were long lines outside a local Red Lobster
Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering most Pennsylvania residents to stay at home until June 4, extending a statewide order he first imposed April 1 to slow the spread of the new virus
Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering most Pennsylvania residents to stay at home until June 4, extending a statewide order he first imposed April 1 to slow the spread of the new virus
In Ross Township, Pennsylvania, there were long lines outside a local Red Lobster for take out. 
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered most Pennsylvania residents to stay at home until June 4, extending a statewide order he first imposed April 1 to slow the spread of the new virus. 
In Las Vegas restaurants are back pouring drinks as the city begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, Phase One of Nevada's 'Roadmap to Recovery' officially commenced, with dine-in restaurants, retail stores, hair dressers and nail salons all allowed to open for the first time seven weeks. 
Despite the rush on restaurants and barbershops Saturday, the world-famous Las Vegas strip still remains remarkably quiet, given that casinos are still closed. 
New Yorkers flocked to Manhattan's Central Park on Sunday. Most families and groups appeared to practice social distancing while at the park, but there were several people who weren't wearing masks. 
Meanwhile in Domino Park in Brooklyn, police patrolled the area to make sure people were social distancing. 
Photos of the park showed people walking and running with family and friends as officers stood nearby.
In Las Vegas restaurants are back pouring drinks as the city begins to reopen, pictured
In Las Vegas restaurants are back pouring drinks as the city begins to reopen, pictured
New Yorkers flocked to Manhattan's Central Park on Sunday. Most families and groups appeared to practice social distancing while at the park, but there were several people who weren't wearing masks
New Yorkers flocked to Manhattan's Central Park on Sunday. Most families and groups appeared to practice social distancing while at the park, but there were several people who weren't wearing masks
People out on a sunny Mother's Day amid COVID-19 pandemic in Washington Square Park
People out on a sunny Mother's Day amid COVID-19 pandemic in Washington Square Park

One local, who saw the crowds at C&C Coffee and Kitchen and left, told The Denver Post: 'It was unbelievable. I wasn't even going to eat the food even if I had gotten it. I walked in, took the picture, and turned right around.' 
On Saturday, a host of Denver businesses — from clothing stores to hair salons — opened their doors for the first time in nearly two months as Mayor Michael Hancock's stay-at-home order expired, The Denver Post reported. 
Business owners who have been hard hit financially say it's the only way to stay afloat as they try to recoup lost sales while giving their employees a much-needed paycheck.  
Retail stores won't be able to just resume normal activity. Shops can only have a limited number of customers browsing, and shoppers must wear masks and stay 6 feet away from others.      
Crowds eat at Colorado restaurant on Mother's Day amid lockdown


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2 comments:

  1. ENOUGH IDIOCY Who are these people in power to tell people they can't CHOOSE what to do??

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  2. who stated that silly catchphrase"endangering peoples lives"? its up to the individual to decide how they want to live not the govt.

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