SAN FRANCISCO, CA- With Coronavirus cases soaring across the country, lockdowns are beginning to sweep across the nation again.
As San Francisco is bracing itself for more restrictions, including the shut down of indoor dining and the closures of gyms and other “non-essential” businesses, the people are asking city leaders for accountability.
On Sunday, December 13th, workers and business owners gathered outside of Mayor London Breed’s home in Lower Haight.
The group of people, who are part of an organization called “Open San Francisco”, says they were there to protest closures in the city and demand more data behind businesses that were forced to shut down in the current stay-at-home order.
It is reported that there have not been any Covid-19 outbreaks linked to outdoor dining in the city, so the group was there to demand the reopening of business activities that pose no real threat.
A member of the group, Daniel Kotzin said:
“We would like the city of San Francisco to start following actual science and data and not impose rules and regulations that are impenetrable and change daily,”
Danielle Rabkin, the owner of CrossFit Golden Gate, which was one of the many businesses forced to shut down due to the new restrictions, said:
“I thought about leaving the city. I’m watching the city burn to the ground. I’m watching all of my members leave the city,”
She went on to say:
“I don’t have much of a reason to stay anymore. My business has been completely decimated. I spent 8.5 years building this business to watch it fall a part in matter of months.”
‘OPEN SAN FRANCISCO’: Business owners and workers in #SanFrancisco rallied outside of Mayor London Breed’s home on Sunday to protest closures in the city and demand more data behind businesses that were forced to shut down | @TaylorBisackyTV reportshttps://t.co/nShWkJoVPb
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) December 14, 2020
The problem that many business owners are facing, including Rabkin, is the fact that even though their businesses are closed, and they are not receiving an income, they will still be expected to pay the rent on their business properties, in addition to having to pay for their personal living space as well.
“I’ve gotten a really good taste of the suffering,”
“Some of the darkest times of my life, hands down being forced into unemployment with not enough compensation to pay my rent, feed myself, pay for my health insurance, pay for my commercial rent, my business expenses are mounting.”
Kron4 reported things are just as detrimental for Adrian Cruz and his family, who work at the Intercontinental Hotel. He says they’ve been without a paycheck for ten months, and unemployment is not enough to take care of his family.
“The money is not enough for a family of four especially in San Francisco where the rent is so high,”
“The food is too high. The rent is too high. We have to do something. They have to open the business.”
The group is advocating that if small businesses must remain closed, then the city needs to step in and give them some financial assistance.
“I spent 8.5 years building this business to watch it fall a part in matter of months.” Business owners, workers, mocked by the media in San Francisco. https://t.co/pYG6a5Fxt8
— CalNews.com (@CalNewsEditor) December 14, 2020
Law Enforcement Today recently reported on how small businesses are being discriminated against, while big boxed stores such as Walmart and Target are being given a free pass.
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that eating in a restaurant while being six feet apart is any more or less dangerous than packing hundreds of people into a retail store with no social distancing in place. It seems as though these Mayors and Governors do not need scientific evidence to put these lockdown restrictions in place however.
At the end of the day, the politicians and government leaders will still be collecting a paycheck and feeding their families, while these lockdowns that are being imposed in a bias way are causing many to suffer.
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Staten Island bar, a self-declared ‘autonomous zone’, defies officials and opens again: ‘We will not bow’ to tyrannical restrictions
December 5, 2020
STATEN ISLAND, NY – They’ve opened again… and they’re not backing down.
A self-declared autonomous zone in a New York City bar has irritated city and state officials, who have responded by arresting one co-owner, fining the owners thousands of dollars, revoking their liquor license and ordering the business to shut down due to being located in a COVID-19 hotspot.
The bar, Mac’s Public House, is located in the Grant City section of Staten Island and is in an area, which the city has determined has a surging rate of COVID-19. On Nov. 23, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued new restrictions in an attempt to reduce COVID cases prior to Thanksgiving and beyond.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 5, 2020
The restrictions include “all bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment,” being required to shut daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time. Restaurants are limited to curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery services after 10 p.m. local time and not allowed to serve alcohol for any of these services.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people.
In addition, indoor dining at bars and restaurants was prohibited on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.
“USA, USA…” Supporters showing up to protest & chant outside of Mac’s Public House in #StatenIsland. Many want to eat and drink indoors & don’t believe the establishment should have been shut down after receiving several warnings for violating orders @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/iJDDVb1gPn
— Cory James (@CoryJamesTV) December 3, 2020
In a statement issued by Cuomo’s office, the governor said:
“If you look at where the cases are coming from, if you do the contact tracing, you’ll see they’re coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at private homes.”
Sheriffs temporarily moved onto the protesters who appeared to be dancing on Sheriff’s car ram rack, they soon after retreated.
Protest still continues now outside of Mac’s Public House, Staten Island bar shut down after being declared Autonomous Zone.
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) December 3, 2020
The owners of Mac’s Public House decided to declare their bar an autonomous zone, such as what anarchists did earlier this year in Seattle, in order to dodge what they believed were unreasonable restrictions imposed by city and state officials.
We are barricaded inside Mac’s Public House. State Senator @senatorlanza tried to represent me as counsel and was almost detained. We are broadcasting live on Facebook and they want me to stop. HELP @gregkellyusa @newsmax @DonaldJTrumpJr pic.twitter.com/i7ERxPAk0b
— John Tabacco (@JohnnyTabacco) December 2, 2020
Posted outside the bar were signs, which read:
“!ATTENTION! As of November 20, 2020 we hereby declare this establishment an AUTONOMOUS !!!ZONE!!!
“We refuse to abide by any rules and regulations put forth by the Mayor of NYC and Governor of NY State.”
Real peaceful protesting is running your business. https://t.co/xiahgBFQqv
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 3, 2020
In defiance, the bar kept its doors open, but it was fined thousands of dollars, ordered to shut down by the state Health Department and had its liquor license revoked on Nov. 27 by the State Liquor Authority, according to the owners.
Protesters shouted as deputies arrested Danny Presti, the co-owner of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island, on Tuesday. https://t.co/R9BcNFtzgd
— WBKO Television (@wbkotv) December 2, 2020
Co-owner Danny Presti, who was arrested Dec. 1, told New York Post:
“At this point, we’re OK with it, because we’re not paying it. [The Sheriff’s Department] is issuing us $1,000 fines, so they keep coming back. We’re still here. We’re not letting them in.”
The owners of Mac’s Public House are refusing to abide by coronavirus rules that have required it to close. https://t.co/PfLzY1qPAd
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) December 1, 2020
“We’re not backing down. You think you scared me by . . . saying I don’t have a license now to serve liquor now?
“Well, guess what? That liquor license is on the wall. If that liquor license is gonna come off the wall, it’s gonna be done by Cuomo. You wanna come down here and pull that license off the wall?
“De Bozo, you want to come down here and pull the license off the wall? Feel free to end up coming down, and we’ll end up having a conversation before you even think about stepping foot on my property. I will not back down.”
…simply trying to lead a normal life. (3/3) https://t.co/l6lCf9tanq
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) December 3, 2020
In the video’s description summary, the following was posted:
“We are back with Episode 2, in what is now set to become a series following the movement of small businesses spear heading the fight for personal freedom and choice.
“The first video had brought attention to the initial $15,000 fine Mac’s received for operating their business. We ask the people to view how unions came about … Strength in numbers cannot be stressed enough.
“Together we can STOP the injustices being forced on us by power hungry Politicians. The attack on small businesses will not end, until they find themselves powerless in their attempts to drive us out of business.
“The power of leadership is a sword that can only be wielded by a leader who has the respect of their people. This is no longer the case. We will make our stand. We will not bow.”
‘HYPOCRISY’: “There’s hundreds of people in HomeGoods buying ceramic penguins and this guy can’t open his small little business.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 2, 2020
One video viewer, Jim Cap Videos, posted a response:
“Why hasn’t this man—who is DELIBERATELY spreading a killer virus and gleefully encouraging others to do the same—not behind bars with his saloon permanently shuttered? Can we hold him responsible for involuntary manslaughter and/or negligent homicide?”
Using police to forcefully shut down Mac’s Public House is a violation of liberty and a waste of resources.https://t.co/BKGYZGsfiT
— reason (@reason) December 5, 2020
Video viewer Acid001 replied to Jim Cap Videos:
“Jim Cap Videos Because the guidelines are not laws, and they are in fact being tyrants and overstepping their bounds. People have the right to make up their own minds about their health.
Cuomo should be held accountable for the deaths of THOUSANDS of elderly folks when he ordered SNFs (skilled nursing facilities), to take in COVID positive patients, knowing full well that those people in those facilities were the MOST vulnerable to this virus!
Get your head out of your ass and learn some f*cking facts!
“Cuomo undoubtedly spread the killer virus DELIBERATELY to the SNFs and did he go to jail? Nah, the media f*cking called him a hero.
Yeah, go read the Forbes article from May 26th, about how 0.62% of the population accounted for almost half of all COVID deaths at the time.
It was thanks to governors like Cuomo who MURDERED the elderly with their f*cked up decisions!
This is my President. Who is this man? https://t.co/5a1EdKb3XV
— Celine D. Ryan (@celinedryan) December 5, 2020
“In fact YOU, or ANYONE could potentially carry COVID, not know it, and spread it… so your line of thinking would mean anyone could be responsible.
That’s a crock of shit, we don’t get hostile towards people who get sick with the flu and pneumonia, even though we still suffer many 10’s of thousands of deaths yearly from both, and no one even bats and eye lash. And that’s WITH vaccinations!
“No one is making you GO TO their bar, are they? It’s a free country, people make up their own damn minds where they go. I guarantee shopping for food is more of a risk of exposure than going to a f*cking pub.
Grocery stores see thousands in a day, while people put their hands all over stuff that you or anyone else will probably touch as well.
“That pub, probably 100 or less, and they aren’t touching all sorts of items, only their drinks, and their food. The sheer volume of numbers statistically would give a much higher risk of contracting COVID from a grocery store than a pub.”
Power in numbers …Open for business
Mac’s Public House has decided to no longer tolerate tyrannical orders pic.twitter.com/33laML81S3
— Ruthann (@TeaBoots) December 5, 2020
On Nov. 28, with a revoked liquor license, the bar was open and patrons were enjoying alcohol beverages inside. However, the bar’s owners were not charging patrons for drinks, thereby not violating one aspect of the law. Patrons, however, left tips for the bar’s employees.
One customer, Keith Atherholt, told New York Post:
“I totally support what he is doing. I don’t support the tyrannical nonsense they have in place. I gave them $100 for this water. They didn’t charge me. I gave it to support them.”
AS A RESIDENT OF GREATER SEATTLE, I APPROVE THIS AUTO ZONE.
Mac’s Public House, N.Y. bar, declares itself ‘autonomous zone’ after liquor license revokedhttps://t.co/LRcL0QyL5P
— #SayIt EllieB💃 (@SayItEllieB) November 30, 2020
On Dec. 4, Mac’s Public House was open for two hours and then shut down for the evening at 10 p.m. Presti told a reporter as patrons entered and left the bar:
“We tried to sit down and be diplomatic with city and state officials; we had a meeting with the sheriff today.
“It did not go well. They’re just showing they’re not willing to work with us.
“We have to get our livelihoods back. And we’ll see where that goes. We haven’t been able to pay the utilities. Just everything’s piling up. We’re just scraping by.”
May be many battle cries from from this point forward. This evening in Staten Island at Mac’s Public House normal Americans have finally taken a stand against the communist who have invaded our country.
OPEN UP! OPEN UP! OPEN UP! #OpenUpNYC!
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) December 3, 2020
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