A crepe shop owner who declared mandatory face masks a 'crime against humanity' has been forced to apologise after the cafe was raided by cops.
Love Crepe, in Drummoyne, Sydney's inner west, vowed staff would not be expected to follow the face mask mandate, in a post to its Instagram account.
Masks were made mandatory in certain situations across Sydney to combat the coronavirus outbreak on the Northern Beaches.
They must be worn while shopping and on public transport - among other inside settings - or Sydneysiders risk a $200 fine.
Hospitality workers at venues like Love Crepe are also expected to cover their faces, though customers are not.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Love Crepe, in Drummoyne in Sydney's inner west, indicated their staff would not be expected to follow the face mask mandate in a post to the business's Instagram account
Six police officers arrived at the Lyons Road business on Wednesday but it appeared no one was there
'Love Crepe believes that being forced to wear a mask is a crime against humanity,' the cafe posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
'Our staff is not forced to wear a mask.'
Love Crepe has since deleted the Instagram post - which included a picture of its staff - but shared a follow-up thanking the community and customers for support.
'We live in a difficult world full of evil and hate, divided by anger,' the additional post read.⠀
'Let's all come together and make this world a better place by focusing on what's really important.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'We appreciate your support and the love you've shown us. We will continue to put your and our staff's health first always, including mental wellbeing.'
Six police officers arrived at the Lyons Road venue on Wednesday but it appeared as though no one was there, https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1346726088601427972 reported.
The dessert cafe opens at 3pm.
Love Crepe shared a follow-up thanking the community and customers for support
A police officer in a face mask knocks on the door of Love Crepe in Sydney's inner west
Owner Nick Kondilis, who is reportedly in hiding, shared a 10-minute video on Wednesday night where he apologised 'to anyone who was offended'.
He took responsibility for the initial anti-mask declaration and admitted he shouldn't have dragged his staff into a national debacle.
'Firstly, I want to apologise to my staff. They've got nothing to do with this at all,' he said.
'I shouldn't [have] used that photo. I take responsibility for that. I apologsie to my staff for putting them in that position.'
Mr Kondilis said he has a medical exemption