The boarded-up storefront of Rae’s Cafe in Blue Springs, Missouri, doesn’t look very like a Covid-19 battleground – however it has grow to be a trigger célèbre of the anti-masking motion since proprietor Amanda Wohletz started a marketing campaign in July to defy native Jackson county masks mandates imposed after Delta variant infections surged.
Regardless of warnings, citations, the revocation of a meals allow and a county well being division’s order to shut her doorways, Wohletz persevered, claiming in court docket that the mandate ordering everybody 5 and up is required to put on a face overlaying when visiting indoor public areas was “unconstitutionally created” and efforts to implement it have been “illegal, nonsensical”.
Now the restaurant is shuttered. In a 23 September ruling, a county decide rejected Wohletz’s argument of medical exemptions and that the restaurant might skirt the mandate by working as a personal membership. The decide additionally ordered Rae’s to stop operations till it obtained a sound meals allow.
Welcome to Missouri’s Covid tradition wars.