Wisconsin judge blocks Evers' order to limit bar and restaurant capacity

Wisconsin judge blocks Evers' order to limit bar and restaurant capacity Photo: WDIO File

Created: October 14, 2020 09:32 AM

A Wisconsin judge temporarily blocked an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin sued on Tuesday. Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel on Wednesday blocked the order and set a court date for Monday.

The Democratic governor's order, issued last week, limited the number of customers in any indoor establishment to 25% of capacity.

The Tavern League argued that the order amounted to “defacto closure.” The lawsuit by the powerful lobbying group filed in Sawyer County on Tuesday seeks to immediately block enforcement of Evers' latest order capping customers to 25% of the establishment’s capacity limit. 

Plaintiffs include the statewide Tavern League, the Sawyer County Tavern League and the Flambeau Forest Inn in the village of Winter. 

The Democratic governor's spokeswoman says the order “is consistent with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year.” The state on Tuesday reported 3,279 confirmed new coronavirus cases, breaking a record set just five days earlier.

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