California coffeeshop owner defies coronavirus restrictions with ‘peaceful protest’

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A Los Angeles Coffee shop could defy the county Coronavirus Restrictions with a “peaceful protest” only to be met by government orders.

A California Judge issue an order On Tuesday, it said Los Angeles County acted “arbitrarily” without reasonable justification when it banned the outside area meal Late last month, but the victory was only symbolic given Governor Gavin Newsom’s overarching regional stay-at-home orders during the Christmas holidays.

“It looks like I’ll have to end my peaceful protest and bring in my tables and chairs,” said Patricia Neale Vuagniaux, owner of Swork Coffee.Fox & Friends first” Wednesday.

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“I’m just heartbroken. I’m heartbroken,” the business owner said.

Vuagniaux says she was inspired by Health Ministry officials to protest peacefully, but the new COVID-19 stay-at-home orders affect the area where her shop is located.

“I was basically just peacefully protesting for tables and chairs outside, so it’s not like it’s a ton, so that was really disappointing because we don’t actually eat, just sit outside and have a cup of coffee.” she explained. “It’s a gray area for coffee shops… and we’re right in the middle of it.”

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More than 110,000 restaurants nationwide have closed permanently during the pandemic due to the lockdowns, according to the National Restaurant Association.

After nearly two decades in the business, she’s considering closing her doors for the first time.

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“I just wish people would really feel and feel us as restaurateurs and just be more supportive of us. I mean this is so hard. Open and close, open and close. It was a nightmare,” said Vuagniaux.

But the owner of Swork Coffee said she is “absolutely” supported by the community of Eagle Rock, an LA neighborhood.

“They are amazing people and I’m so blessed to be there,” Vuagniaux said.

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