By Anna Giles

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) — A Placerville restaurant openly violating public health rules is getting a mix of backlash and support.

Sign posted outside Apple Bistro in Placerville.

There’s a sign encouraging people not to wear masks and gloves in front of the Apple Bistro. The owner said he disagrees with county health rules, so he’s not implementing them.

The sign outside Apple Bistro’s front door says “no social conditioning” and “no oxygen deprivation mask,” followed by “this may not be for you.” Restaurants in El Dorado County are supposed to be enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing and could face repercussions for flouting the rules.

“I am a non-mask wearer unless I have to,” said Tracy, who was visiting the Apple Bistro Friday and did not want to give her last name.

Customers told CBS13 the staff inside were not wearing masks. The violation of county rules is stirring up both bad reviews and people cheering them on.

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“If you don’t want to go to a place, don’t go. The worst thing you can do is pull other people into it just because you’re upset,” said Jimmy, who was visiting the Apple Bistro Friday and did not want to give his last name.

People who went inside the store Friday claim to have different experiences.

“We walked in with our masks on and they didn’t ask us anything,” Ryan Gomes said.

But one woman says employees pressured her to take her mask off or leave.

“I was very rudely greeted,” said Maggie. “He asked me if I had seen the sign.”

Maggie said she’s been coming to the bistro for 10 years, but this time she left without her order.

“I was definitely not welcome to stay with my mask on,” she said.

A spokesperson for the El Dorado County Health Department said they’ve gotten close to 20 complaints about Apple Bistro since March. They’ve already made visits to the restaurant but now things get serious. They said they will visit again next week to give a warning and then if complaints continue, they may decide to suspend the bistro’s permit.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors had a meeting last week where they discussed businesses like this who flagrantly violate the rules. They’re cracking down in hopes of avoiding more COVID-19 spikes that could put them on the county watch list.

Comments (16)
  1. Dennis says:

    It does not matter if they agree with the orders or not,them not complying is hurting the rest of us and more themselves.They should be part of the solution and not the problem.

  2. Laurel Johnston says:

    Thank you for covering this and this place hurts all other restaurants and other businesses by not complying. The owner’s replies on Facebook are positively snarky.

  3. Guy from Auburn says:

    This protest is no different than any other protest going on where people don’t wear masks. Why are the looters and rioters given a pass for not wearing a mask, but civil disobedience by a restaurant Is some sort of horrible crime. If you’re going to spend the time to call out a single small restaurant then spend A proportionate amount of time calling out the looters and rioters for doing the exact same thing.
    The hypocrisy in the media and from the other commenters is stunning.

    1. Jc Carington says:

      Guy from Placerville, Looters and rioters were not given a pass, there were large crowds congested and spread out – difficult to keep track of and control. Let’s say at best all of them were rounded up and taken to jail, with the spread of covid in jails and prisons there is an obligation to protect the correctional officers. A reduction in CO staff sets up serious security issues internally and to the public, potential escapes for one. A restaurant is already licensed for public health reasons and required to follow requirements. When they willfully refuse an order from the health department they deserve to loose their license.

  4. Laurent says:

    You just can’t fix stupid. These people just don’t have the intellect to comprehend the current health crisis we are in. I don’t wish them sick, but if one of them becomes infected, they should be put at the back of the line for health care and treatment plus, be forced to pay cash for not only their own medical treatment but for those they have indirectly infected via contact tracing. The health dept should step in immediately and close the place down.

  5. catwhiskers says:

    If they don’t understand how simple health rules work to protect everyone, how can they be expected to follow or understand food safety rules either?

  6. Tom’s Burger and Shake in Placerville refuses to enforce mask regulation, nor do any of the staff wear masks there either.

  7. Liz says:

    Yikes! We definitely won’t eat at restaurants where the staff aren’t taking precautions to protect everyone’s health. This is gross! What else aren’t they implementing? Hand washing? Proper refrigeration?Thanks for covering this & thanks to Guy from Placerville for sharing.

  8. Gravitas says:

    Well it’s clear what town I won’t be stopping in for a meal. Bagged lunches it is!

  9. THANK GOD I DON’T LIVE IN CALIFORNIA. HOME OF MARXIST SNITCHES. Please, keep those masks on and breathe CO2 24/7. Get that Cali death rate up. Apple Bistro’s signage = TRUTH IN ADVERTISING. Should add, “NO MARXISTS.” California is on schedule to run out of money in 90 days. Get your skateboards ready to bash windows. Losers.

    1. catwhiskers says:

      Yeah, as everyone knows, public health = communism lol. No masks for MAGAts, enjoy your Corona!

  10. Wearing a mask is not public health. Walmart is proof: LOL!
    Great “mask alternative” ideas:

    How may of these shoppers died? Scientific proof?
    Maybe the other shoppers died laughing…..

  11. E Saronsen says:

    Corona Cafe needs new management!

    1. The answer to my question was obviously, “yes.”
      The truth hurts, doesn’t it? Slavery and censorship is alive and well in Kalifornia.

  12. E Saronsen says:

    Septic Tank Your post wasn’t interesting enough to read let alone follow a link lol.

  13. Jc Smith says:

    How can a disease with 1% mortality shut down the USA?
    There are two problems with this question.
    It neglects the law of large numbers; and
    2. It assumes that one of two things happen: you die or you’re 100% fine.

    The US has a population of 328,200,000. If one percent of the population dies, that’s 3,282,000 people dead.

    Three million people dead would monkey wrench the economy no matter what. That more than doubles the number of annual deaths all at once.

    The second bit is people keep talking about deaths. Deaths, deaths, deaths. Only one percent die! Just one percent! One is a small number! No big deal, right?

    What about the people who survive?

    For every one person who dies:

    -19 more require hospitalization.
    -18 of those will have permanent heart damage for the rest of their lives.
    -10 will have permanent lung damage.
    -3 will have strokes.
    -2 will have neurological damage that leads to chronic weakness and loss of coordination.
    -2 will have neurological damage that leads to loss of cognitive function.

    So now all of a sudden, that “but it’s only 1% fatal!” becomes:

    -3,282,000 people dead.
    -62,358,000 hospitalized.
    -59,076,000 people with permanent heart damage.
    -32,820,000 people with permanent lung damage.
    -9,846,000 people with strokes.
    -6,564,000 people with muscle weakness.
    -6,564,000 people with loss of cognitive function.

    That’s the thing that the folks who keep going on about “only 1% dead, what’s the big deal?” don’t get.

    The choice is not “ruin the economy to save 1%.” If we reopen the economy, it will be destroyed anyway. The US economy cannot survive everyone getting COVID-19.

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