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Mo. restaurant reopens as ‘private club’ after being closed for defying COVID-19 regulations

A pedestrian walks past a sign saying “Face Mask Required” on July 18, 2021. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:28 AM PT – Sunday, September 5, 2021

A restaurant has reopened as a private club in Missouri after being shut down for defying the county’s mask mandate. Rae’s Cafe reopened as a private club for friends and family on Saturday after being ordered to close by the Health Department on Friday.

A sign on the door read, “by entering this club, you admit that you are not a member of the general public. By signing your name, you record your membership and attendance. You also assume any and all risks of disease transmission.”

Reports said several patrons could be seen walking into and leaving the establishment where a sign on the door read “no masks allowed” and that a $1 membership fee would be collected each visit.

Here are the suspension/revocation of permits notice and closure notice that the Jackson County Health Department delivered to Rae’s Cafe in Blue Springs after the restaurant defied the county’s mask mandate. pic.twitter.com/oC6uYUJGKk

— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) September 3, 2021

“This is my business, this is my livelihood, this is how I survive,” said owner Amanda Wohletz. “I’m gonna stay open as long as I can and I’ll fight it as long as I have to cause nobody else is.”

The owner added that it was difficult for staff to work in the kitchen with their faces covered. She noted with the entire restaurant industry short-staffed, the mandate wasn’t helping.

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