A group representing over 200 bars and restaurants in Colorado has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Jared Polis and the state health department over the new, temporary last call mandate ordering establishments with liquor licenses to stop serving alcohol after 10 p.m. as the coronavirus health crisis continues.
The Tavern League of Colorado, which represents hundreds of bars and restaurants in the Centennial State, filed suit in Denver District Court on Wednesday, contesting the last call order and customer capacity limits, The Denver Channel reports.
“Defendants have singled out bars and restaurants for unfair and different treatment, despite the lack of any evidence that bars and restaurants are unique vectors for the spread of COVID-19,” the suit states. According to KDVR, it was most recently amended on Wednesday.
“Defendants have imposed strict Numerical Capacity Limits on bars and restaurants — different than other indoor venues—that ignore the restaurant’s total size. As a result, Colorado’s restaurants are failing at an alarming rate, unable to pay the rent and utilities at locations that are capable of accommodating, for example, 900 patrons in over 18,000 square feet, when they are limited to no more than 50 patrons per room and only 100 in total,” it continues.
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