A group of 100 Oroville business owners and community members gathered yesterday according to The Mercury-Register, and agreed to defy the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. The meeting was the result of restaurants being denied permission to allow indoor dining due to dangerous outdoor air quality caused by area wildfires.
No one in attendance was masked or socially distanced according to the paper, with one business owner addressing the crowd saying “it’s our God given right to open or not.” Assembly-member James Gallagher told the gathering “go ahead. Open up. Nobody needs permission. They can’t come after you all. I will stand with you.”