Restaurant Owner Defends Decision to Defy Social Distancing Orders and Reopen to Hundreds | 22 Words

A restaurant owner in Colorado has defied social distancing orders and re-opened to hundreds. And now he's attempted to defend his controversial decision...

Keep scrolling for the shocking video from inside the restaurant and for his reasoning behind the move.

The world is currently practicing the art of "social distancing."

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And, boy, are we struggling.

These social distancing measures have been imposed to prevent the further spread of the virus.

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Because, in case you haven't heard, we are currently experiencing a pandemic that has changed every aspect of our lives.

The disease has been spreading across the globe at an alarming rate...

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Leaving world leaders with little choice but to impose lockdowns upon their countries.

And, by socially distancing and isolating ourselves from others...

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We can hopefully delay and prevent catching and spreading the deadly virus. Fallen the curve, as they are all telling us.

Millions are currently self-isolating within their homes...

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Thus leaving our streets, which once buzzed with life and energy, completely deserted.

And this could go on for quite some time.

President Trump recently announced that the federal guidelines on social distancing have been extended for at least another thirty days in a desperate attempt to regain control.

So, folks, we could be quarantined for a while.

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It seems as though people are already losing their minds having been cooped up in the house for days on end, so this news has come to the dismay of many.

Of course, many are struggling with the concept of being away from their families...

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Their grandparents, their friends, even their partners. And we've all done at least 2 weeks now, some longer so how much more can we really take?

Not much, it seems.

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Over the weekend, the sun peaked out from behind the clouds.

And those few sun rays were enough to cause havoc.

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The weather in New York reached about fifteen degrees, which was enough to drag people outside of their homes and straight into local parks.

And those public areas quickly become a breeding ground for the disease.

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Rules about social distancing were quickly thrown away as families and friends headed to central park for a quick sunbathing session, hoping they don't get infected.

But with hundreds upon hundreds of people gathering in one area...

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It wasn't looking good and there are so many pictures to prove it.

Central Park saw the consequence of selfish humans.

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While some claimed they were getting their daily exercise time, others just wanted to get some fresh air with their family. The excuses for such careless behavior were borderline disgusting.

And it's not just New York residents that are bending the rules...

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Over in LA, people flocked into the Wharf for fresh seafood over the weekend.

And halfway across the world in the United Kingdom...

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Some people took a trip down to nature reserves and local parks for a lovely picnic and when stopped by the authorities, they all claimed they were on their daily exercise hour.

It seems as though big cities are having a hard time pinning down culprits.

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But health officials have warned that the current crisis is on the verge of reaching the most dangerous part, so people should put their as well as others' health before their selfish nature.

But this week, some businesses have been found to be defying social distancing orders...

Including one restaurant in Colorado, whose owner is facing backlash after re-opening to hundreds.

Jesse Arellano and his wife, April, opened their Castle Rock eatery, C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen, for dine-in service on Mother's Day.

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They went against Democratic Gov. Jared Polis's order for restaurants to keep their dine-in services closed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Nick Puckett, a reporter for Colorado Community Media, recorded a video from inside the restaurant when it re-opened.

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The now-viral video showed the eatery packed with customers.

Nearly all of the customers in the video were not social distancing or wearing masks.

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It makes for shocking viewing.

The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), which is in charge of enforcing the governor's order in Castle Rock, were forced to intervene.

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And ordered C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen to close immediately on Monday afternoon. "Despite the warning, the restaurant was opened to dine in eating on May 10 in violation of Public Health Orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)," TCHD said in a statement.

The restaurant has been ordered to remain closed until the health department is satisfied it is in compliance with the public health order.

"If the restaurant refuses to follow Governor Polis’ Public Health Order, further legal action will be taken that could include revocation of the restaurant’s license," TCHD said.

Now, Jesse has attempted to defend his actions.

"We're okay with two or three weeks," he said in an interview with KOA NewsRadio on Monday. "But we're going on two months now, and then we heard the governor say that maybe we'll open by Memorial Day. And that's ridiculous. If everything else is opening up with restrictions, why can't we open with the same restrictions or something similar?"

He continued:

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"People were just coming, so there was no stopping them. "People wanted their freedom."

Jesse went on to explain that he did not order his employees to wear masks but asked them to wear gloves.

He added that "none of the customers seemed afraid" to be inside the restaurant and employees didn't have to come into work if they didn't want to.