Colorado Bars And Restaurants Sue Governor Over Ban On Alcohol Sales After 10PM

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The lawsuit is against Gov. Jared Polis and the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment.

More than 200 bars and restaurants in Colorado have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jared Polis and the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment after they created a guideline banning the sale of alcohol past 10 p.m., according to a report by The Hill.

The Tavern League of Colorado filed the lawsuit earlier this week in a Denver district court. It alleges that bars and restaurants are receiving “unfair and different treatment” and that there is no evidence that they have been contributing to a spread of the virus.

“We are extremely disappointed with the action Governor Polis took,” said Stephanie Fransen Hicks, executive director of the Tavern League. “Restaurants and bars have gone above and beyond to keep both employees and patrons safe and continue to aggressively follow all health and safety guidelines.”

Polis said that if the number of cases decline within the next two weeks, he will change the last call from 10 p.m. to midnight.

The guideline implemented by Gov. Polis also limits capacity within bars and restaurants. Now, Colorado restaurants are allowed to serve at half capacity or up to 50 people depending on which is fewer people.

The lawsuit seeks to overturn these restrictions as well, as the lawsuit claims they are leading to an “alarming rate” of restaurant closures. When asked about the lawsuit, Polis maintained that the guidelines are necessary to stop the spread of the virus.

Read the full report here.

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