People Rally to Support DC Restaurant Fined for Defying Mayor’s Mandate

A Washington, D.C. restaurant said it was fined $1,000 this week for not wearing masks, but many in the community are rallying to help keep them open.

Big Board said it would not comply with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s order she issued over the weekend requiring people to show proof of a vaccine card to enter certain establishments.

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“To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the District of Columbia is launching a city-wide vaccination entry requirement (VaxDC), which calls for establishments to verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19. On January 15, 2022, per Mayor’s Order 2021-148, the District of Columbia will adopt a city-wide vaccination entry requirement that requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor facilities within the city,” the order states.

These facilities include government buildings, indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment auditoriums. 

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The Big Board is one of the few restaurants that is refusing this order. They put on their Twitter page two days before the mandate was in place: 

“As has always been the case for us, everyone is welcome. This rule applies yesterday, today and tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll see you January 16th.”

As a result, they were fined $1,000, but will get a $2,000 fine for any additional strikes, the Washingtonian reports. Beyond that, the restaurant will have to go before the DC liquor board to see if their license is suspended or revoked.

A GoFundMe was set up by Henry Rodgers Wednesday and has already raised over $4,000 of its $10,000 goal to the establishment “fighting against vaccine mandates in Washington DC, a place where no one else will stand up to the tyranny.”