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‘This place burns.’ California bar, gym report threats over COVID vaccine rules

Authorities are investigating notes left at a bar and gym in Marin County, California, threatening to burn them down if they don’t end vaccine rules on patrons.

Authorities are investigating notes left at a bar and gym in Marin County, California, threatening to burn them down if they don’t end vaccine rules on patrons.

Screengrab from KRON video

Notes threatening “this place will burn” unless COVID-19 vaccine rules are lifted, which were found at two California businesses, are under investigation, authorities said.

A man in a ski mask dropped a folded-up note on the floor of Papermill Creek Saloon in Forest Knolls in Marin County on Friday, Dec. 3, then ran out, KGO reported.

“If the vaccine passport isn’t removed by this time next week, this place will burn,” reads the note, posted to Instagram by the bar, which has offered a $1,000 reward in the case.

The bar requires customers to show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.

“You’re going to have a few people who don’t like it, but no one has gotten weird like this behind it,” owner David Wilson told KGO.

On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 5, workers arriving to open Body Kinetics in San Rafael found a note on the door with a similar threat, KRON reported.

That note read “if the vaccine mandate isn’t lifted within one week, this place burns,” according to the station. The gym requires proof of vaccination to exercise without face masks, KTVU reported.

I was shocked because I figured most Marin County people are vaccination-friendly like the people in our gym,” manager Erick Macias told KTVU.

San Rafael police and Marin County sheriff’s detectives are cooperating in the investigation, according to the station.

“Based on the note having a time frame, we don’t know what this individual is capable of,” Sgt. Justin Graham of the San Rafael Police Department told KTVU. “Since we don’t know it they have the means or not, that’s why we’re taking it seriously and investigating it.”

Both said Tuesday, Dec. 14, that their investigations are continuing.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.



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