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Preston café which banned people wearing masks slammed for anti-Covid slogans

Written by on October 13, 2021

A Preston cafe owner who once banned people wearing masks from entering, has been slammed for plastering his premises with anti-Covid slogans.

Individuals passing Miller Road Café in Ribbleton noticed signs on the windows and doors which they said contained ‘controversial’ information about Covid.

On visiting, LancsLive noted signs stating “no masks needed” on the door as customers enter as well as a larger sign on the window stating “Covid=Scam”.

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Inside the café, similar content is also displayed in the form of leaflets, posters and newspapers called “The Light, an independent medical experts opinion on the delusion of the virus.”

Stickers on the counter can be seen with one stating: “According to the government, the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission of the virus but vaccine passports will. Ever get the feeling you’re being played?”



Anti-Covid sticker placed on counter of the café
Anti-Covid sticker placed on counter of the café

Owner, Peter Kingsley O’ Neil defended his views saying he is not an anti-vaxxer but merely has a differing opinion to the Government.

“I think it’s the word Covid that’s been driven with fear,” Peter said.

“It’s a scam and I stand by it and I welcome anyone in here to try and prove otherwise that the globe has been defrauded- we’ve all been took as a mug and it’s sad.”



Café sign says Covid=Scam
Café sign says Covid=Scam

Peter explains how his views are simply “just having an opinion” and no longer refuses people wearing a mask into his café.

The signs and posters displayed in his café to him, are just like any other signs put up in the windows of shops and eateries.

“We want to use our café as a normal café- at one point we didn’t let anyone in wearing a mask as I didn’t want to keep playing the pantomime,” he said.



Sign on door says No Masks Needed
Sign on door says No Masks Needed

“But it’s just a normal café now- nobody’s telling anyone what to do, we just want to get back to normal after carrying this pandemic for two years, it’s not easy.

“You could argue that the pie shop down the road claiming they’ve got the best in the world- I don’t think he has.

“It’s my opinion, usually with anything that’s advertised, you would look at the information given and make your own opinion- I’m sure diverse opinions are better.”

One person who has asked to remain anonymous said: ” I was in the café on Miller Road- the café owner had anti-vax material and a newspaper a free newspaper about people not taking the vaccine and the causes why you should not take the vaccine.

Healthcare professionals are having to ‘push back’ against ‘anti-vaxxers’



Katy Peters, founder and director of the London Vaccination Clinic, claims healthcare professionals are having to contend with a rise in vocal ant-vaccination campaigners.

She said: “As the ‘anti-vax’ movement gathers traction, the number of children being vaccinated decreases. This not only puts those children at risk, but it affects the entire country by lowering herd immunity.

“The general consensus among anti-vaxxers is that vaccinations are nothing more than a medical experiment, a cocktail of toxic chemicals, the side-effects of which are unknown but are believed to cause long-term disabilities and a variety of illnesses.

“Many anti-vaxxers also consider the idea of vaccination schedules to be a violation of human rights, specifically, on parental rights.”

She claims incidents of malpractice, lawsuits, “big pharma” and governmental conspiracy theories have all chipped away at the once respectable visage of the healthcare system.

“When trust is lost in any sort of relationship, no matter how much someone professes to be truthful, there will always be that seed of doubt. 

“And where doubt is present, fear is allowed to creep in and take root. 

“When that fear is directed at something which is believed to be a risk to children, then the defences are up and the gloves are off. 

“The fight will be brutal and that’s completely understandable. As parents, we will do anything to keep our children safe. 

“The problem then for scientists is that fearful minds are not so open or receptive, and therefore not so easily changed.”

“People are using his café and they are getting the wrong information it may cause people stopping getting the vaccine.”

Preston City Council has commented on the activity saying that residents need to remember that everyone has a ‘personal role to play’ in keeping the city safe.

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “There is a small minority of individuals and businesses who persist to deny pandemic and its devastating impact on our communities.

“The unfortunate truth is that our residents, communities, and businesses continue to be affected by COVID-19 including the tragic loss of lives.

“We continue to work closely with our partners through the Lancashire Resilience Forum to support those who need it most, and remind residents that we still have a personal role to play in keeping Preston safe.

“Please follow the simple measures that are in place – clean your hands regularly, keep your space, cover your face and especially take part in the vaccination programme.”

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