A California restaurant that garnered attention for it’s no-mask policy inside its dining room last year has now said that they will only serve unvaccinated customers.
“We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity,” a sign reads outside on the windows of Basilico’s Paste e Vino Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach.
As a way of combating the vaccination mandates that have been implemented in many parts of the country, the restaurant management added it will be “requiring proof” that diners are in fact unvaccinated. It remains unclear on how staff would go about checking on a customer’s vaccination status.
An employee already told the Los Angeles Times that servers have not checked for any vaccination status.
On Monday, California health officials announced that they will be requiring all health care workers in the state to get their vaccination. The next day, the Centers for Disease Control said that fully vaccinated individuals should once again wear their masks indoors in certain areas with high transmission rates.
“Here they come to lock you down again,” the restaurant said on Tuesday in an Instagram post. The establishment also introduced “The Basilico’s Declaration and Pledge of Defiance” with the hope that other restaurants join their movement.
The pledge asks that partner restaurants remain fully open if the state was to implement another lockdown. It also encourages the businesses to hang an American flag and a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Businesses are also asked to ignore any citations, court appearances, and ban masks inside.
“We understand that masks are the greatest weapons of the lockdowns,” said Basilico’s owner Tony Roman in the Instagram video. “They are used to divide Americans, just like the vaccination, and they represent fear, control and surrender.”
- Top Feature Photo: Huntington Beach restaurant Basilicos Pasta e Vino has put up an anti-mask billboard with a nod to the film ‘The Godfather’ – Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images