Protesters Gather to Support Restaurant Owner Defying Lockdown Orders in Ontario

A group of demonstrators gathered outside a local restaurant to support the business owner who defied lockdown provincial orders and opened for business in the Canadian province of Ontario on April 6, local reports said.

Footage shared live on Facebook by Henry Hildebrandt shows the protesters outside Family Kitchen restaurant in Leamington, Ontario.

The business owner said that the restaurant had been open for dine-in restaurant during regular business hours since February, a local news website reported.

Ontario issued a province-wide emergency brake shutdown on April 1, wherein restaurants were prohibited from in-person dining and were allowed to be open for takeout and delivery only, the same source reported. Credit: Pastor Henry Hildebrandt via Storyful

Video Transcript

HENRY HILDEBRANDT: Huge crowd supporting this courageous woman. Said enough is enough. I'm going to lose everything I have. I might as well open up because these tyrants aren't giving us any break anymore. So if you can, support Call Right. Come get a meal, Family Kitchen restaurant in Leamington, Ontario.

[CHATTER]

So this is the main entrance to Family Kitchen Restaurant in Leamington, Ontario. Courage on display here today. Sorry.

[CHATTER]

This is what it's all about. All businesses are essential. That's not for government to decide who needs to be open, who needs to be closed. That's up to us. We need to make it live-- we need to have the right to have a livelihood and take care of our families.

[CHATTER]

So we were told police were going to be here about 10, 15 minutes ago to give her a ticket for opening up a restaurant, but nobody yet.

[HORN HONKING]

- Woo!

HENRY HILDEBRANDT: I guess it remains to be seen whether they're going to do what they did to Adam Skelley, which is bring out all the king's horses and all the king's men, or whether they've learned from that mistake.

[CHATTER]

- Wow.

[CHATTER]

- Business. They're scared.

[CHATTER]

- Hey, God bless you.

HENRY HILDEBRANDT: How are you?

[CHATTER]

- And we're going to go for a while.

[WOMAN SCREAMS]

[CHATTER]

[HORN HONKING]