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Tavern League sues Gov. Evers over order restricting capacity to 25%

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Tavern League Wants 04-20-2020

MADISON (WKOW) — The Tavern League of Wisconsin is suing Governor Tony Evers’ administration over his latest emergency order that limits capacity at bars and restaurants.

The governor issued the order last week which limits public indoor gatherings to 25% of the room or building’s capacity.

President of the Tavern League Chris Marsicano said the order unfairly targets their industry.

“Restaurants, taverns, bars, and supper clubs did not cause this pandemic, but they are systematically facing bankruptcy, closure, and economic ruin,” said Marsicano.

The lawsuit filed in Sawyer County attempts to block the enforcement of Evers latest emergency order arguing it did not go through the rulemaking process, therefore calling it “illegal”

“The lawsuit asserts that Emergency Order #3 is invalid and unenforceable because it was not promulgated as an administrative rule as required by the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling just five months ago in Wisconsin Legislature v Palm,” said Marsicano.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Governor Evers office did not immediately respond a request for comment.

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