By Chad Ingram
A Minden business has come undersubstantial public criticism after a COVID-19-related post was made to itsFacebook page calling the disease a hoax and encouraging social gathering at itsBobcaygeon Road location.
A post that appears to have since beenremoved from Yummy Mummy Emporium & Apothecary's Facebook page read “YummyMummy Emporium & Apothecary proudly announces: Due to the COVID-19 pandemichoax we are cancelling nothing. You can come here with a fever and cough allyou want. We know that germs don't cause disease. You are welcome to visit usfor March break while fools cancel everything according to governmentpropaganda.”
The Times has not been able to reach the business's owner Amandha Vollmer forcomment. The paper has received numerous messages of concern in the past dayand Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin told the paper that municipal andprovincial authorities have been alerted.
The Township of Minden Hills the County of Haliburton andthe Province of Ontario are all under states of emergency amid the COVID-19pandemic and Devolin and County Warden Liz Danielsen have been urgingresidents to practise self-isolation social distancing and regularhand-washing to mitigate spread of the virus.
As of March 23 there remained no confirmedcases of the virus within the county but a number of them within the jurisdiction of theHaliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit including the death of anelderly man in Lindsay on March 22.
A March 22 post on the business's Facebookpage reads “It looks like the brainwashed sheep who take no time to educatethemselves are attacking me personally and my page. It is a sad day forhumanity. What is dangerous are these people obeying the very ones that linethem up for slaughter. I have given all the resources to the science and theproper history but these people CANNOT THINK they simply react and attack. Ifeel so sad for them and for us all . . .”
The page contains other posts denying theexistence of pathogenic viruses.
Vollmer has received a cease and desistorder from The College of Naturopaths of Ontario. According to the unauthorizedpractitioner register on the organization's website Vollmer was issued theorder for “advertising practising and/or otherwise holding out as anaturopath” on Feb. 7 and the college received the order signed back on Feb.26.