Wisconsin judge reimposes order limiting capacity of indoor gatherings amid surging virus

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 10:57 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge has reimposed an order from Gov. Tony Evers' administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places to 25% of capacity.

The capacity limits order was issued Oct. 6 in the face of surging coronavirus cases in Wisconsin.

But a judge blocked the order Oct. 14 after Tavern League of Wisconsin challenged it, arguing the order amounts to a “defacto closure” order for the bars and restaurants it represents.

Barron County Judge James Babler on Monday declined the Tavern League’s request to keep the ruling on hold while the lawsuit is pending.

The injunction had not affected Dane County, which had opted to stick with its own order under a provision of the emergency order that allowed local government’s orders to supersede the states if they were stricter.

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