Since the mask mandate went into effect in Johnson County, the district attorney's office has made 18 site visits to businesses for non-compliance complaints.
District Attorney Steve Howe said of those 18 businesses, all but one have complied. Don Chilito's Mexican restaurant in Mission, which is a family-owned business by Barry Cowden, has not followed the mandate.
"It’s supposed to be a free country, and we can make our own decisions with what we do in our lives and in our businesses," Cowden said. "I don’t believe [masks help]," Cowden added. "I don’t think that there is any science that proves that."
Cowden says, if not for his "livelihood and that of my employees," he would consider closing his restaurant rather than follow the mandate.
Why am I just hearing this— Mr S is gonna live on a boat (@slomotion4199) November 19, 2020
There's a restaurant in town that is actively ignoring the county health tyrant
It's a cafeteria style "very Kansas" friendly Mexican food, and has been around forever
County DA hasn't done anything to them yet
Everyone support Don Chilito's pic.twitter.com/PrMSmwVvle
While some people are adjusting to new COVID-19 restrictions, a restaurant owner in Johnson County, Kansas, said he won’t be. Barry Cowden, owner of Don Chilito’s said he'd close his doors first.https://t.co/khUvy0l5iN— KPRS - Hot 103 Jamz (@Hot103Jamz) November 19, 2020
Locals, please support this brave patriot and defend him from the robotic barrage of mask-shamers and media fear pornographers that multiply faster than the very virus they're pushing... and wear a mask if you want, it's a free country!