Boulder County Public Well being has filed a criticism with the courts after officers stated Magic Fairy Candles in Longmont refused to adjust to coronavirus well being orders by claiming that carrying masks was in opposition to their “non secular beliefs.”
The criticism, filed in Boulder District Courtroom on Thursday, requested that the shop be ordered to adjust to state well being orders mandating masks for individuals in indoor areas.
Magic Fairy Candles declined to remark when reached by telephone on Friday.
In keeping with the criticism, the county well being division started receiving complaints concerning the retailer at 634 Principal St. on July 30, with witnesses saying staff within the retailer weren’t carrying masks and permitting patrons to return into the constructing with out masks.
Boulder County officers known as the shop that day and had been informed by the proprietor that signage about masks was posted and staff had been carrying facial coverings and social distancing.
However the county obtained extra complaints in early August, and witnesses additionally famous the shop had posted an indication outdoors that learn, “Sporting a masks doesn’t align with our non secular beliefs. If you’re against this, please order on-line at magicfairycandles.com.”
Boulder County despatched a stop and desist letter Aug. 11, ordering the shop to adjust to well being orders requiring facial covers for workers in indoor areas, all people over the age of 10 in indoor areas and signage notifying prospects of the well being orders.
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However a well being official went to the shop Aug. 20 and stated the signal was nonetheless up and staff and prospects had been nonetheless being allowed inside the shop with out masks, in accordance with the criticism.
Following the criticism, Boulder District Choose Thomas Mulvahill issued a short lived order on Thursday that orders Magic Fairy Candles to adjust to well being orders till a listening to could be set to debate a everlasting restraining order.
The criticism filed by Boulder County Well being asks that the everlasting order restrain “defendant Magic Fairy Candles, LLC from violating public well being legal guidelines and lawful orders,” and require the shop “instantly start compliance with all phrases and necessities contained within the Aug. 11 order.”
Boulder County as of Thursday has recorded 2,283 constructive coronavirus circumstances and 79 deaths on account of COVID-19.