BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) --- Rae's Cafe has received another notice from Jackson County to close.
Rae's has been operating as a private club with a dress code requiring no masks.
The notice comes after Jackson County officials announced late Wednesday night they would seek a court order to close the business.
The restaurant, which was closed last week for not following the county mask mandate, reopened last weekend as a private club.
The owner is asking for a one-time, $1 membership fee to join her mask-free café.
Jackson County said it was the first time they have sought a court order to close a business.
Rae’s Cafe got another notice posted to their door this afternoon. Rae’s is currently operating as a private club to avoid the mask order.Last night the county said it plans to take legal action. We’re live at 4 with another local business following the lead of Rae’s. pic.twitter.com/5KNvzDuMn2— Abby Dodge (@AbbyKCTV5) September 9, 2021
UPDATE: Later on Thursday, the county sent the following statement to the media:
"The Jackson County Health Department today has issued an order closing Rae’s Café in Blue Springs, MO. According to the letter, the Health Department has ordered the building closed due to continued violation of the County’s health order requiring masks indoors. The Code of State Regulations gives the health department director the authority to close a place of public or private assembly when necessary to protect public health.
Today’s action is in addition to an order issued last week by environmental health inspectors revoking the restaurant’s permit to serve food, resulting in its closure. Inspectors deemed the restaurant an imminent health hazard after receiving and verifying multiple complaints from the public over several weeks about non-compliance with the health order.
The County Counselor’s Office will file a legal petition in court tomorrow seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief against the business and its owner to ensure the orders issued by the health department and food inspectors are followed.
A copy of today’s order closing the building is attached."