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Alberta cafe owner says he will stay open despite orders to close

Last Updated Jan 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm MDT

A few cars are parked out in front of the whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, AB in July, 2020. (CREDIT: Whistle Stop Cafe, Facebook)

The Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror reopened recently in defiance of the public health owners

The owner of the cafe says too many Albertans' are struggling because of the restrictions

MIRROR, AB (660 NEWS) – The owner of a central Alberta restaurant is vowing to stay open even after being told to shut down.

The Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, east of Red Deer is allowing dine-in service despite public health orders preventing it.

In a Facebook post, owner Chris Scott said the restaurant will be open again Monday and he is expecting a visit from RCMP and Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Scott is asking all customers coming to the diner to wear a mask in a show of support and compassion to Albertans who believe the restaurant doesn’t care about COVID-19.

“We do care. We care about each and every one of our customers who walk through our doors. Your safety is paramount,” Scott said in his Facebook post.

“We will do everything possible to manage this situation including wearing face masks or guards when approaching customers.”

The cafe has already received an order from AHS to close and faces fines of about $1,200 for violating.

In other posts on Facebook, Scott urges patrons to the cafe and other restaurant owners to put pressure on Premier Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw to lift the current restrictions saying businesses are at risk of closing and Albertans’ mental health is suffering.