Seed to Table Florida Viral Video Shows Staff and Shoppers Not Wearing Masks

A video of workers and customers without masks at a supermarket in Florida has gone viral. The clip was filmed by NBC News correspondent Sam Brock, who tweeted: "As Florida fights community spread of COVID on a massive scale, this is a 15-second snapshot of a supermarket in Naples.

"Many employees and customers—even older ones—with no masks on inside. Store sign outside cites 'medical exemptions,' we can't ask questions."

The video, shot at the Seed to Table Oakes Farms supermarket in Naples, shows just one or two people wearing masks and the rest without. The business is owned by Alfie Oakes, according to local media.

Last year, Oakes came under fire for claiming COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement were hoaxes on Facebook.

As #Flordia fights community spread of COVID on a massive scale, this is a 15-second snapshot of a supermarket in Naples. Many employees and customers- even older ones- with no masks on inside. Store sign outside cites "medical exemptions," we can't ask questions. @NBCNews

— Sam Brock (@SamBrockNBC) February 3, 2021

Anti-mask demonstrations took place in grocery stores and other public shopping areas across the U.S. Earlier this month, a group of anti-mask protesters were met with opposition or refused entry into stores as they staged a demonstration against coronavirus safety protocols in Los Angeles.

The protesters live-streamed their antics as well as being followed by local reporters as they made their way through the Westfield Century City mall. Videos of the protest posted on social media include a number of physical and verbal altercations and one of the organizers appearing to be detained by police.

One of those taking part in the protest, Shiva Bagheri, described those taking part as "freedom lovers" in a clip streamed on Facebook Live.

"All about control, this has nothing to do with a deadly virus... because a mask does not protect you from a deadly virus," Bagheri said, disputing guidelines from health experts and scientists which have been imposed across the world amid the pandemic.

In December 2020, anti-mask protesters made their way into Arizona retail chains where they protested COVID-19 regulations and restrictions.

However, most Americans would support a mandate requiring people to wear masks in public to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a December 2020 survey from STAT and The Harris Poll.

The poll found that 75 percent of the public supports the idea of mandating a mask and a similar number believe people should be required to get tested if they feel sick.

The survey found two-thirds of Americans think President Biden should ban gatherings involving more than 10 people. Nearly as many, just under 60 percent, said the administration should temporarily close non-essential businesses such as restaurants and gyms and make vaccination mandatory.

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An anti-mask protestor holds up a sign in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a right-wing protest in 2020 JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images