Anti-Vaxers Protest Harlowe Restaurant for Requiring Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

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“In order to protect our guests and staff, all guests will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result (date of test must be within prior 72 hours) to enter the premises,” reads a post on the Harlowe Restaurant’s Instagram page. “This policy will go into effect Tuesday, July 27th. We are committed to doing our part to end the pandemic, and we encourage all of our patrons to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. Thank you for helping us keep our business safe.”

The response to the new safety measure was a swarm of anti-vaxers protesting outside the restaurant located at 7321 Santa Monica Boulevard on the day the new rule went into effect.

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Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
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A group of roughly 40 showed up in the afternoon to send a message that they did not believe in the COVID-19 vaccine. People held signs with messages like, “My Body, My Choice,” “Save Our Children”, and “VAX Mandates = Nazy Tactics” to name a few.

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They also yelled into bullhorns spouting anti-vaccination conspiracies similar to what is echoed on Fox News and from anti-vaxers like right-wing Congress Woman Marjorie Taylor Green who has compared COVID-19 public-health measures like wearing masks and vaccine mandates, to the Holocaust. “They want you to take the Fauci Ouchy or you’re not allowed to eat their food,” one protestor yelled on Santa Monica Boulevard. “This is the start of a new Holocaust. It’s like the Star of David. If you don’t have the experimental jab, you have the Star of David.”

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A small group of counter protestors stood across the street in front of Trader Joe’s grocery store. They heckled the anti-vexers, but stayed on their side of the Boulevard while Sheriff Deputies looked on.

The anti-vaxers protested until they were tired. They left the scene at roughly 9:30 p.m. without incident.

At Harlowe, the cocktails and décor illuminate the elegance and decadence of the Golden Age of Hollywood, with a playful list of classic and original cocktails, fountain and bottled drinks, homemade libations, and more. The menu is rounded out by a selection of old-meets-new dishes, which complement Harlowe’s tastefully ambitious design. To learn more, visit: https://www.harlowebar.com.

The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and safety as COVID-19 rates rise with increases in the highly transmissible Delta variant in LA County. Based on requirements from local Public Health officials, the City of West Hollywood reminds community members that LA County, including the City of West Hollywood, requires masks to be used in indoor public settings and businesses regardless of vaccination status.

For people who develop COVID-19 symptoms, even if fully vaccinated, it is important to get tested. Free testing is available for those who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider. For more information, please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. LA County coordinates a COVID-19 testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Learn more and pre-register for an appointment at la.fulgentgenetics.com.

The City of West Hollywood and local Public Health officials urge all people who are eligible to get vaccinated. Visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com to sign up for a vaccination appointment. For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at (833) 540-0473. More information, including links to West Hollywood-area drug store chains offering vaccinations, is available on the City’s website atwww.weho.org/coronavirus in the Vaccines and Testing Information section.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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John
John
2 months ago

You can’t have your cake and eat it to. You choose to not get vaccinated. The restaurant can choose not to serve you. End of story.

Patti
Patti
2 months ago

It’s just freaking amazing to me that people are protesting vaccinations! Just think what would have happened had the polio and measles vaccinations been protested! Death! Here we have a past President who has amassed his cult following into the abyss. Now society is suffering the consequences. Wake up white people, Trump is not your messiah! Trump is the COVID-19 grim reaper! This establishment deserves the full support of the enlightened community! Come on West Hollywood! By the way the food is phenomenal and we will be back with friends!

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Jimmy Palmieri
Jimmy Palmieri
2 months ago

These anti-vaxers, anti maskers are the reason California will be locked down again. As Biden says, they are killers. Comparing their cause to the pro choice cause is abhorrant. The things they were yelling to diners, comparing vax to the holocost and interupting patrons of Harlowes, by calling them sheep is disgraceful. Literal anti humanists. They in the end will have done NOTHING to help humanity……except for making a few foolish, ill intentioned comments on a news blog. I SAY SUPPORT HARLOWE’S AND ANY OTHER BUSINESS REQUIRING PROOF OF VAX OR CURRENT TEST. All businesses have the right to serve… Read more »

Zuzu Petals
Zuzu Petals
2 months ago

“My body, my choice” … unless we’re talking about a woman’s right to choose, right? Hypocrites. Let the thinning of the herd commence.

Patti
Patti
2 months ago
Reply to  Zuzu Petals

Love that one!

Scott
Scott
2 months ago

Great! I hope more establishments do this. I wonder how many of these protestors live in West Hollywood.

John Ryan
John Ryan
2 months ago

I want to know who organized and funded this “protest”? I would love to know also how many of these “protesters” actually live in West Hollywood.

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
2 months ago

I’ll definitely be going to harlowe’s, since its a safe zone now. Anti-vaxers? Let them eat covid.

West
West
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy palmieri

Shame On You Jimmy. Prepared to show your proof of HIV status at your next dinner too? You ought to be more principled.

Jimmy Palmieri
Jimmy Palmieri
2 months ago
Reply to  West

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Dude Kembro
2 months ago
Reply to  West

Yeah, because HIV is an airborne contagion that has killed millions worldwide in the part year. Completely the same lol You anti-vaxxers are truly dumb. What’s shameful is the rank, selfish stupidity of Trump’s cult of radical right Republican anti-Semites, who would cheapen the memory of the Holocaust by competing their tiresome, entitled, privileged selfishness to the extermination of Jews and others deemed undesirable by the Third Reich. What gross, evil people science-denying GQP nuts are. The right has no decency, honor, or principle, or ethics besides lies, fear and me me me. Of course you know that, hence why… Read more »

Jimmy Palmieri
Jimmy Palmieri
2 months ago
Reply to  Dude Kembro

The comparrisons to HIV and the holocaust are horrific and show zero regard towards humanity whatsoever.

Patti
Patti
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Palmieri

I’m responding to this thread after we had dinner tonight at Harlowes. The protesters outside were wrong on so many points. But it didn’t stop us from enjoying a night out. The food is always phenomenal ! But I feel for the restaurant as they may lose customers. I know free speech is in play here. But to have a mega phone yelling to customers three feet away while eating dinner? Really? Who’s rights are being violated here?

Patti
Patti
2 months ago
Reply to  Dude Kembro

HIV is not an airborne contagion. Are you for real ?

Patti
Patti
2 months ago
Reply to  Patti

We need to have a protective ring around Harlowe. It’s a great restaurant and needs everyone’s support. Make a reservation. It’s worth it!

Patti
Patti
2 months ago
Reply to  West

Now you’re just being ugly. Be proud of your badge of honor!