Protesters target Akron leaders’ homes over gathering ban

Sean McDonnell
| Akron Beacon Journal

Akron officials trying to curb the spread of COVID-19 are attracting protesters to the front of their homes.

Larry Seeley, a Ward 3 resident and part of the Facebook group “Akronites For Freedom,” is one of about a dozen people who has been protesting at the home of Akron officials. 

The protests have been small, but they’ve caused enough commotion that one of Mayor Dan Horrigan’s neighbors rescheduled Thanksgiving.

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“They’re demanding their right to speak to the mayor, while trampling all of our rights to a peaceful neighborhood,” the neighbor said.

The protests focus on an ordinance passed by Akron City Council that limits private social gatherings to only six guests during parties, dinner or other social events through Dec. 16. It also requires masks be worn inside the home when

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MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s gathering refused to follow COVID-19 rules, restaurant says

The Niagara Falls restaurant that was unable to get Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff and his party to wear masks and physically distance is pleading with the public to still support its business.

In a Monday Facebook post, Betty’s Restaurant in Chippawa said it has COVID-19 safety protocols in place to protect its staff and customers, which Oosterhoff and a gathering of more than 40 people would not follow.

“This group was reminded several times that they were required to wear masks when not seated at their table. Unfortunately, they chose not to follow posted rules about wearing masks and distancing. We can remind guests but we cannot strong-arm them into following rules,” the post said.

“We have sanitized and disinfected the entire area since the party and we are truly doing our best to follow all guidelines for your safety and ours.”

The post, which echoes what restaurant owner

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