Wisconsin judge blocks Gov. Tony Evers COVID-19 order limiting indoor capacity
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(MILWAUKEE, WI) A Wisconsin judge temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers' administration from limiting the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, Sawyer County Circuit Judge John Yackel blocked the order and set a court date for Monday at 9.a.m, according to TMJ4.
Last week, Evers issued an order that limited indoor capacity to 25%.
Evers reminded Wisconsinites in a tweet to "stay home" and "Lack of compliance with these measures will lead to preventable deaths.”
The governor assured Wisconsin residents he is working hard to keep them safe.
"We can and will get through these hard times if we band together, look out for our neighbors, and put science and public health before politics," he tweeted. "That’s what I am going to do, and I hope you’ll join me."
According to WISN, the Tavern League, a lobbying group for the state's powerful bars and taverns, sued on Tuesday and stated in its lawsuit that the order amounted to "defacto closure."
Earlier in the year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ended Evers' "safer at home" order.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Services, more than 3,100 new positive coronavirus cases have been reported on Wednesday.
To date,158, 578 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19.