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Indy bar owners who sued city over COVID restrictions strike out in court

Federal judge denies lawsuit
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Posted at 7:32 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 19:32:27-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A group of Indianapolis bar owners who sued the city and the Marion County Health Department over COVID-19 restrictions have struck out in court.

The bar owners said restrictions threatened their ability to stay in business, but a federal judge denied the lawsuit filed in September.

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In her decision, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said the group "presented no legal basis for the issuance of a preliminary injunction enjoining the restrictions placed upon them by Order 38-2020."

Here is more of what the judge said in her ruling:

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every person and business this this country over the last nine months, and this case presents a stark example of its devastating effects. The Court is indeed sympathetic to the hardships that the COVID-19 restrictions have placed on Plaintiffs, and this ruling in no way diminishes those hardships. The Court also recognizes the difficulties faced by public health officials charged with protecting the public health during these unprecedented times.