SHOWDOWN! Minnesota Restaurant Owners Plan to Defy State Shutdown Orders

With coronavirus lockdowns tightening in many areas across the country, some business owners are standing up for their livelihoods.

Remember when the government said we’d only have to shut down businesses for a couple of weeks? Well, about six months later, many businesses are still being restricted and struggling to survive.

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One of the businesses that has ignored the tyrannical rule of their state’s health department is The Iron Waffle in Nisswa, Minnesota. After closing briefly, the restaurant reopened and ignored orders from the health department.

“We work with regulated facilities to bring them into compliance,” Assistant Commissioner for Minnesota Department of Health Dan Huff said, “and we consider regulatory or legal action only as a last resort.”

Well, the department fined The Iron Waffle $9,500 and rejected their license as a result of disobedience of their orders.

The Iron Waffle isn’t the only local business fighting back.

Haven’s Garden in Lynd, Minnesota was issued a cease and desist order. The owner of the restaurant, Larvita McFarquhar, is one of many that are fed up with being shut up by the government.

In response, Minnesota businesses are joining together to form the “ReOpen Minnesota Coalition.” Over 150 small business owners plan to reopen starting Wednesday. We need more groups like this formed if we want to save our businesses. Otherwise, state governments might get too comfortable with all this power (if they haven’t already), and our small businesses won’t be able to survive.

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