UPDATE: The Tri-County Health Department issued an order to close to the C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen just after 12:30 p.m. Monday, until the health department “determines the establishment is in compliance.”

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – A Castle Rock restaurant came under just as much heavy criticism as praise on Mother’s Day. Cookies & Creme (C&C) on Trail Boss Drive opened its doors to patrons to dine inside.

Video from Nick Puckett of Colorado Community Media shows nearly every customer without a mask and in near proximity to each other.

The Tri-County Health Department oversees Douglas County.

“All people in Colorado must follow the letter and the spirit of these orders. Do not try to bend the rules or find loopholes. It’s up to us all to keep people safe and build up our health care system so we can treat people who are sick and save lives,” the department states on its website.

April Arellano, the owner, shared a video with CBS4 about the number of customers who visited.

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Under a current safer-at-home order, restaurants can only offer delivery or drive-up service.

Another manager at C&C told CBS4 a lot of “patriots” supported his business, and he’s doing “what the government isn’t doing – opening.”

He went on to say there was a two hour wait at his restaurant.

Tri-County Health issued a statement about the restaurant to CBS4 on Sunday:

We are disappointed that Cookies and Crème has decided to ignore the Governor’s Safer at Home order and open up today with no attention to social distancing. This decision runs the risk of undermining the impact that other Douglas County businesses and residents have achieved over the last seven weeks by taking various social distancing measures. As the entity charged with enforcing the Governor’s statewide Safer at Home Public Health Order, we will follow up with this restaurant to ensure that they, like other restaurants in the county, take appropriate steps to protect the public health, by limiting service to curbside and take-out service.

RELATED: Some Colorado Restaurants Defy Orders, Offering In-Person Dining

Comments (20)
  1. Andrea Garcia says:

    Unfortunately, I will NEVER patronize this restaurant, due to it’s lack of care for the health and well-being of it’s patrons and total disrespect for the safer-at-home guidelines, put in place for everyone’s safety.

    1. Kim says:

      And that is what is great about this country. You have a choice. They should also.

  2. Anybody who caught COVID from being at or being in contact with anyone who went to your restaurant – any and all of them who die will be dead because of you. Blood is on your hands. Selfish money grubbing idiot.

    1. Joe Bloe says:

      Blah blah blah. Stay at home if you don’t like it……

  3. truth matters says:

    THANK YOU!
    Too many of us know thoroughly how exaggerated the numbers are, in every possible way imaginable. Time for the shamdemic to END.

    1. Patrice L Tomaso says:

      I live in NY State where the loss of life has been cataclysmic and sad. You put others in danger by defying what will keep your citizens safe. Your customers aren’t “patriots.” Your customers and your ignorance risk yours and their health. As an American and a New Yorker I am offended by your blatant lack of disregard for the human race. If you need a reality check in sickness and death come to NY. Perhaps that will give you pause. However I doubt it. Your selfishness would not permit it.

    2. Kim says:

      Yes! Liberty from Lord Polis please.

      1. Patrice L Tomaso says:

        Are trying to “free yourself” not becoming sick? I don’t get it. Your governor is trying to keep you all safe.

  4. Barbara says:

    When these selfish morons get the virus we better not see or hear them on the news again crying and feeling sorry for themselves and waving at the camera like idiots.

    1. Kim says:

      Go hide in your basement dear! Just like demented old uncle Joe.

  5. kcat says:

    This virus was in the US for months before we started these lock downs. I read an article if we never knew it existed we would have just said it was a bad flu and pneumonia season. For months it was here and never rose to any significant levels.

  6. John says:

    When is your fear greater than my freedom?

    1. Jim slater says:

      John, here is something for you to read, written by an attorney I’m Michigan that explains your constitutional freedoms and rights during an emergency or an epidemic of a communicable disease. I think you will find this very enlightening! Also, they included Supreme Court cases to back up there statements so you wouldn’t say fake news! Enjoy the read!

      1. Kim says:

        Facebook and Michigan together? Geez!! Move back please!

  7. John says:

    Freedom and the Constitution. More need to be demanding that Fascism leave us alone.

  8. dhurandar says:

    Selfish, ignorant morons. It’s one thing if they want to kill themselves, but they’re going to go out and bring others down too. The cult of ignorance is alive and kicking in America.

  9. JH says:

    Well if there are willing to take that risk, can’t stop them. Just let them breath in as much freedom as they wish. Maybe their last.

  10. None Ya says:

    Good on this business. More businesses need to flip the bird to these fascists in power and get back to normalcy.

  11. We do not know how risky such gatherings are — we are neither testing nor tracing contacts enough to know.

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