Political Crisis under the Guise of a Health Crisis: Face Masks, Social Distancing and Limit on Gatherings: Colorado Diner Defies Lockdown

It comes as no surprise that simultaneous with President Donald Trump’s declaration that the voter fraud election of 2020 was a coordinated Democratic jihad, the next ‘dark winter’ of Covid 19 “outbreaks” arrived just in time to distract the American public from the details of an obviously counterfeit election.

Just as former Vice President Sleepy Joe, impersonating a President-elect, promised one hundred days of mandatory 24-7 face masks, most Democratic States tightened their restrictions for renewed Lockdowns with increasingly severe legal consequences.  At the same time as an ‘emergency’ distribution of an experimental vaccine was expected, many disenfranchised voters throughout the country, especially in States where election results were little more than hypothetical aspirations, took to the streets in massive car/pedestrian “parades” of support for Trump.  Thus inspired, a multitude of Sheriffs, in citing the Constitution, announced their opposition to enforcing Lockdown arrest penalties as small business owners, especially restaurants, announced they would maintain an open door policy to serve their patrons.

With a seething unrest below the surface, an increasing number of Americans have caught on that humanity is experiencing a political crisis under the guise of a health crisis.   Some are newly aware that the misguided over-reach mandating face masks, social distancing and a limit on gatherings have done nothing to reduce the spread of Covid and that compliance  with mandatory face masks is only a beginning stage for what the future holds.  Is it reasonable to expect that a cotton mask offers protection from an engineered viral pathogen that escaped from a high risk Level IV Bio-Safety lab?  In addition, there is no coincidence that Covid 19 has occurred just as the obsolete material world fights for existence as a Quantum shift of reality is occurring.

Here is the current experience of small town Durango, Colorado when forced to confront a Covid  ‘outbreak’  just prior to Thanksgiving.  Initially designated a Level Orange of reduced capacity from 50% to 25% for non essential businesses and reduced social interaction, the ‘outbreak’ then moved on to a Level Red which is essentially a stay-at-home designation, restriction on indoor restaurant dining and limiting social interaction within one household.

In a nutshell, the ‘outbreak’ increase provided the rationale for the City Council to adopt a more stringent ordinance as the tyrannical Director of San Juan Basin Health took the lead enforcing the ill-considered consequences by issuing a ‘cease and desist’ warning to CJ’s Diner, a long time popular haunt.  CJ’s has a thirty day period in which to request an administrative hearing.  As a result of the cease and desist, the Durango City Manager suggested a meeting of all the parties (including the restaurant association) in an attempt to reach a compromise.  The suggestion was immediately rejected by the SJBH’s Cruella de Vil citing that ‘the law is the law’.  The community responded with standing room only diners from early breakfast until its 1:30 pm closing for the next several days.

Violating a public health order and thwarting the Lockdown’s mask and social distancing requirement is considered a Misdemeanor charge.

As CJ’s resisted the intimidation, the SJBH, which has the authority to enforce State public health laws, filed an ‘emergency’ motion  with Colorado’s Sixth Judicial District Court for non-compliance with the ‘cease and desist.’  SJBH told the Durango Herald that indoor dining is among the most dangerous activities contributing to the spread of Covid 19 because customers remove their masks to eat and drink.  One wonders if the Durango High School football team, which just won a state championship, wore face masks and observed social distancing during their game.  The SJBH has provided no science or forensic evidence to support its contention.

SJBH’s emergency motion was granted by Sixth Judicial District Judge William Herringer who promised that either law enforcement would be instructed by Friday night to make sure that CJ’s stops offering indoor dining by ‘whatever means necessary.”   The next morning, the community responded to the threat when the diner filled to capacity with another crowd of about fifty who stood guard outside from the crack of dawn for several hours protecting the front door from law enforcement access. (see photo)

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Instead of allowing the cease and desist order to play out within the thirty day appeal timeline, the SJBH Director who is charged with protecting the public health and safety, has created a potentially dangerous crisis and further created a wedge to split the community.

As CJ’s continues to serve in-person meals despite a Red Alert public health order, the Court Order remains in effect for two weeks with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th.


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Renee Parsons served on the ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and as president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter. She has been an elected public official in Colorado, an environmental lobbyist for Friends of the Earth and a staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC. She can be found at [email protected].

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