Holtman’s calls police after multiple people at political event violate COVID-19 safety protocols

Holtman’s Donuts in West Chester said its staff had to call the police on Saturday after a group of people hosting a political event violated COVID-19 protocols.Holtman’s took to Facebook to share details of what took place at the shop over the weekend. The event, called Coffee Chat with Rep. Jennifer Gross, gathered at the shop on Saturday. Holtman’s said the event was not approved by them and they were unaware that it would be taking place.When people arrived for the event, Holtman’s staff said they were not socially distancing and were immediately asked to spread out and wear masks when not seated.After initially complying, a few of the guests started to walk around the shop, talking and standing without a mask, including Gross.Holtman’s staff members said due to the situation, multiple customers left the shop and threatened to call the health department.Staff members said they tried to manage the situation but ultimately decided to call the non-emergency number to request police assistance.Gross issued a statement on Facebook saying she contacted the shop and its manager weeks ago to let them know she was holding the event. She said when she and around 20 others showed up, they all bought doughnuts and coffee and were talking when they were asked to spread out and sit down.Gross said they complied. She then asked if she was standing, drinking coffee if she had to wear a mask to which the employee responded “yes.””So, I sat in the middle on a chair, so I could drink my coffee and talk with them. The next thing we knew, the West Chester police were there and asked us to leave, which we did,” Gross said in the Facebook post.”It’s a sad time when reason has become extinct. How do you eat donuts and drink coffee while talking with your friends with masks on? I’d love to support small businesses who support freedom. The situation was unfortunate. The representation of the situation by Holtman’s was far from the truth. I have 20 witnesses. Lastly, the shop could have asked us to leave,” Gross said. Holtman’s said in their post, while they understand some may disagree, they want to make sure they’re complying with all the safety protocols. “At the end of the day, as unfortunate as this whole situation is, we would rather make sure to keep our community safe and (healthy) at this time. We understand that some people disagree with this, but at the end of the day in order to run and operate a business right now, we have to abide by state, federal, and health department laws. Thank you,” Holtman’s said in the Facebook post.

Holtman’s Donuts in West Chester said its staff had to call the police on Saturday after a group of people hosting a political event violated COVID-19 protocols.

Holtman’s took to Facebook to share details of what took place at the shop over the weekend.

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The event, called Coffee Chat with Rep. Jennifer Gross, gathered at the shop on Saturday. Holtman’s said the event was not approved by them and they were unaware that it would be taking place.

When people arrived for the event, Holtman’s staff said they were not socially distancing and were immediately asked to spread out and wear masks when not seated.

After initially complying, a few of the guests started to walk around the shop, talking and standing without a mask, including Gross.

Holtman’s staff members said due to the situation, multiple customers left the shop and threatened to call the health department.

Staff members said they tried to manage the situation but ultimately decided to call the non-emergency number to request police assistance.

Gross issued a statement on Facebook saying she contacted the shop and its manager weeks ago to let them know she was holding the event.

She said when she and around 20 others showed up, they all bought doughnuts and coffee and were talking when they were asked to spread out and sit down.

Gross said they complied. She then asked if she was standing, drinking coffee if she had to wear a mask to which the employee responded “yes.”

“So, I sat in the middle on a chair, so I could drink my coffee and talk with them. The next thing we knew, the West Chester police were there and asked us to leave, which we did,” Gross said in the Facebook post.

“It’s a sad time when reason has become extinct. How do you eat donuts and drink coffee while talking with your friends with masks on? I’d love to support small businesses who support freedom. The situation was unfortunate. The representation of the situation by Holtman’s was far from the truth. I have 20 witnesses. Lastly, the shop could have asked us to leave,” Gross said.

Holtman’s said in their post, while they understand some may disagree, they want to make sure they’re complying with all the safety protocols.

“At the end of the day, as unfortunate as this whole situation is, we would rather make sure to keep our community safe and (healthy) at this time. We understand that some people disagree with this, but at the end of the day in order to run and operate a business right now, we have to abide by state, federal, and health department laws. Thank you,” Holtman’s said in the Facebook post.

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