Police called after group refuses to wear masks or leave Guelph coffee shop

Employees of a Guelph coffee shop had to call police this week after a group of people entered the store without masks and refused to leave when asked to do so.

Police were called to the coffee shop in the city’s east end on Grange Road Monday afternoon.

There were eight people in the store not wearing masks and not listening to staff, who were asking them to leave, says Const. Kyle Grant with Guelph Police Services.

Grant said he didn’t know if the eight people were together or not.

No charges laid

Officers escorted the people out of the coffee shop and talked to them.

“The situation was resolved amicably with all parties being educated and no charges being laid,” Grant said, noting officers reminded the people of the medical officer of health’s order that face coverings are required in businesses.

“There’s that education portion, and then since the incident was then able to be resolved, there was no need for any sort of enforcement. Now, if for example, there had been refusal to abide by, or refusal to leave, that could have resulted in enforcement at that point.”

Grant says the service has received calls for several situations where people don’t want to wear masks, but he says the vast majority of people are following the guidelines from the province and public health.

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