Minden business under fire for COVID-19 post
By Chad Ingram
A Minden business has come under substantial public criticism after a COVID-19-related post was made to its Facebook page, calling the disease a hoax and encouraging social gathering at its Bobcaygeon Road location.
A post that appears to have since been removed from Yummy Mummy Emporium & Apothecary's Facebook page read, “Yummy Mummy Emporium & Apothecary proudly announces: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic hoax we are cancelling nothing. You can come here with a fever and cough all you want. We know that germs don't cause disease. You are welcome to visit us for March break while fools cancel everything according to government propaganda.”
The Times has not been able to reach the business's owner, Amandha Vollmer, for comment. The paper has received numerous messages of concern in the past day, and Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin told the paper that municipal and provincial authorities have been alerted.
The Township of Minden Hills, the County of Haliburton and the Province of Ontario are all under states of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Devolin and County Warden Liz Danielsen have been urging residents to practise self-isolation, social distancing and regular hand-washing to mitigate spread of the virus.
As of March 23, there remained no confirmed cases of the virus within the county, but a number of them within the jurisdiction of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, including the death of an elderly man in Lindsay on March 22.
A March 22 post on the business's Facebook page reads, “It looks like the brainwashed sheep who take no time to educate themselves are attacking me, personally and my page. It is a sad day for humanity. What is dangerous are these people, obeying the very ones that line them up for slaughter. I have given all the resources to the science and the proper history, but these people CANNOT THINK, they simply react and attack. I feel so sad for them and for us all . . .”
The page contains other posts denying the existence of pathogenic viruses.
Vollmer has received a cease and desist order from The College of Naturopaths of Ontario. According to the unauthorized practitioner register on the organization's website, Vollmer was issued the order for “advertising, practising, and/or otherwise holding out as a naturopath,” on Feb. 7, and the college received the order signed back on Feb. 26.