Peaceful Protest Planned Outside Helbachs

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MIDDLETON–Protesters plan to gather outside Helbachs coffee shop during the stores regular business hours to express their opposition to the business not observing the county mask order, which began on Monday.

Helbachs has refused to follow the order, and organizer Tulin Waters said, “To recklessly try to flaunt your personal beliefs during a pandemic in this industry, while numbers are surging is so dangerous, and I want to hand out as much informative flyers as possible to remind people the importance of wearing masks.”

She added that the group would also be protesting the homophobic and xenophobic posts that owners have allegedly made on social media.

The protest will be held for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 18, and the group will be handing out a competitors coffee. There will also be spoken word artists and musicians at the event.

Waters stressed that protesters will not be going in the building because it is not safe as Helbachs does not require either employees or customers to wear masks. She said protesters should wear a mask and social distance, and also encourages them to bring signs.

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