Washington health authorities on Tuesday ordered a restaurant that openly defied the city’s mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates to close.
The closure is in effect “until further notice.”
The department didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The same establishment was alerted on Jan. 28 that its liquor license was suspended, a spokesperson for the city’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration confirmed in an email.
The District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said the restaurant’s refusal to adhere to orders from Mayor Muriel Bowser to make sure all customers over 5 have received a COVID-19 vaccine and that customers wear masks in certain situations led to the suspension.
“Until the mayor change[s] her mind on the orders, I am not going to change mine,” owner Eric Flannery told an inspector, according to a report reviewed by The Epoch Times.
Bowser, asked about Big Board during a recent press conference, said “I’d like the business to comply, and we don’t want to shut anybody down.”
“We want to give people support, advice, supplies, help, whatever they need. But we do need them to follow the regulations,” she added.
“I came here, and I’m going to spend some money to support him, but it’s his livelihood. So he has to make a decision. It’s a big decision—civil resistance, civil disobedience—when you lose your livelihood. So I’m incredibly proud of him. I’m very supportive of what he’s doing,” Paul told the paper, referring to Flannery.
Flannery, who described himself during a Fox News appearance as apolitical, told reporters that he plans to appeal the move to shut down Big Board.
“If they want to come down and check people’s medical status, they’re more than welcome to. I don’t have the people for that,” he said.