Mom’s Diner owner Wesley Langlois has joined a growing number of Alberta restaurants that are allowing sit-in dining despite public health restrictions. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Mom’s Diner owner Wesley Langlois has joined a growing number of Alberta restaurants that are allowing sit-in dining despite public health restrictions. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Red Deer diner owner who defied health restrictions fined $1,200

Mom’s Diner owner Wesley Langlois was given closure notice and fine on Thursday

A Red Deer diner owner who served seated customers in defiance of public health restrictions had been given a closure notice and fined $1,200 by the RCMP.

Wesley Langlois posted on his Facebook page that RCMP had given him a second closure notice and a notice of fine and told to appear in court.

Langlois, who runs the business in West Park Shopping Centre with his wife Leslie Clothier, thanked his supporters in his short message.

“Thank you for standing by us red deer we love our community we are here for you like you are here for us we will continue to feed you,” he says.

Within an hour of his 3:30 p.m. post, 40 people had commented, offering their support.

Some urged the diner owners to refuse to pay.

“Don’t pay the fines; fight them!! If enough people and businesses stop listening to these insane restrictions, the government will have to give up and not have them in place anymore!” said one.

Wrote another: “We will not be intimidated! Albertans will stand behind you and fight these absurd fines!!”

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Langlois could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

In an interview on Wednesday, he anticipated his stance would not go unnoticed by health inspectors.

“I don’t know how it will end, to be honest with you.

“If (AHS) did come in and give us notice to shut down or whatever, there are other resources out there to help fight the fine, so we’re definitely going to stand strong continue to be open.”

Langlois joined a number of business owners who are fighting the province’s restrictions against dine-in customers gathered at Hockey Central Sports Lounge in Sylvan Lake on Wednesday evening.



pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

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