A single mom in a small town in Minnesota refuses to close her bar due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, despite being contacted by the sheriff’s office.
Larvita McFarquhar, owner of Havens Garden in Lynd, posted several videos to Facebook speaking out in defiance of Governor Tim Walz’s COVID-19 executive orders.
The black small business owner claims she refuses to ‘agree to these outrageous demands’ despite rising coronavirus cases in the state.
She faces fines and even jail time if she continues to open, it said Alpha News.
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Larvita McFarquhar, owner of Havens Garden in Lynd, Minnesota, states she will defy Governor Tim Walz’s COVID-19 executive orders and continue to open her bar
She says she was threatened with jail time for refusing to close
McFarquhar first posted a video on Nov. 19 in which she said her bar would open for an open mic night on Nov. 27.
“I’m here at Havens Garden and I ask everyone to join Open Mic Night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on November 27,” she said in the video.
“Come down and have fun here at Havens Garden in Lynd, Minnesota.”
“I think it is more irresponsible for a governor to think he can mandate, dictate and go beyond his limits,” she wrote below the video.
“And we Americans go along with it.”
However, after posting the video, she was approached by the Lyon County Sheriff’s office and asked her if she knew opening her bar was in violation of state order.
She claims a deputy also contacted the DJ she intended to play at the event and threatened to arrest him if he performed.
As of Nov. 21, Minnesota is banned from offering personal service under Walz’s latest executive action as the governor tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The order will remain in effect until at least December 18.
Still, McFarquhar decided to take a stand, claiming that ‘the governor doesn’t pass laws’ and that she should be allowed to open.
“No one in power has the authority to close a business for no reason and choose who can stay open and who cannot,” she said.
‘For me it is [about] take a position. We always want other people to do things, but it’s time we people get up and say, “No, we’re not going to agree with these outrageous demands.”
‘I said,’ Yes, I know, but do you know that the governor’s mandate is not a law? ” ‘She added when questioned about the questions from the sheriff’s office.
“The governor doesn’t pass laws and you are expected to uphold the constitution. You don’t work for the governor, you work for us. ‘
The bar owner has been a constant opponent of coronavirus closures in the state
On Monday, Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office became involved by sending McFarquhar a letter detailing the terms of the warrant and calling for her to reply that she would not proceed with opening.
It added that if found guilty of violating the warrant, she could be “ punished with a fine of no more than $ 3,000 or imprisonment for no more than a year. ”
As of Friday morning, McFarquhar planned to proceed with the event, but posted another video warning customers that they could also be fined $ 1,000 if they attended.
What does it say about our country and Governor Walz when he uses our Sherrifs Department, Attorney General and our citizens to harass, threaten, intimidate, coerce with fines, litigation costs, loss of permits and jail time for wanting be open, ‘she wrote alongside the video.
‘They don’t go after hardened criminals, they go after our small BUSINESSES! Thank you to everyone next to me. ‘
“I’m not going to give up my freedoms, I’m not going to teach my daughters to give up their freedoms, and I want them to learn to fight,” she added to Alpha News. “If I’m not that example – which is very difficult for me – who is going to do it?”
On Monday, Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office became involved and sent McFarquhar a letter with the terms of the order, calling on her to declare that she would not proceed with opening.
The bar owner consistently opposes the coronavirus shutdowns in the state, saying the past few months have been ‘terrible’ as business owners struggled to keep their heads above water.
‘These are the things you struggle with. I’m struggling to keep my lights on, ”she added. “What pisses me off throughout this whole thing is that we still have to pay our bills. I still have to pay taxes on the building. ‘
McFarquhar reopened her bar in May and held prayer services and fitness exercises and served food around town with fewer than 500 people.
“ A look at what the governor is saying is a non-essential thing, ” she wrote on Facebook on May 21 when initial state closure orders were withdrawn.
Day three: we are OPEN and take reservations! Large families, small families, groups of friends, everyone is welcome !! ‘
In April, she joined a group of small business owners who are challenging Walz’s executive orders, claiming that larger businesses were not equally targeted by closures.
The group, dubbed the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition, filed a lawsuit claiming that the governor’s order violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides equal protection under the law.
The total number of confirmed cases in Minnesota stands at 289,303, double that of 28 days ago
A quarter of the state’s deaths from the coronavirus were also in the past month
“Don’t tell me I’m selfish for wanting to reopen my business,” she said to the Minnesota Star Tribune then.
‘We know how to take care of ourselves and how to protect people. This is about common sense. ‘
“This is about our freedom as Americans and not the money,” McFarquhar added. “They took everything from us out of fear, and I don’t want to be afraid.
“Trying to make small businesses successful in smaller cities and less populated areas is hard enough without more governmental restrictions.”
McFarquhar’s latest backlash comes as coronavirus hospitalizations in Minnesota reach new heights and cases continue to soar.
The state dashboard shows that 1,812 patients were treated for COVID-19 in Minnesota hospitals as of Tuesday, three times as many as a month ago.
On Wednesday, Minnesota also equaled the record number of deaths with 72 reported that day.
It also reported 6,399 new daily cases, the fifth highest number in the country in the past seven days.
The total number of confirmed cases is 295,001, double that of 28 days ago. According to the figures, five percent of the residents of the state are now infected.
There were 3,476 deaths, of which a quarter in the past month.
These cases forced Governor Walz to enter the warrant as residents were urged to stay home for Thanksgiving.
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