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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:41 PM

Maryland restaurants sue to keep indoor dining open for the holidays.

Under Gov. Hogan's executive order, indoor dining is allowed in Maryland restaurants at 50% capacity. Some localities, though, have banned it altogether.

The Restaurant Association of Maryland announced Friday that it has filed for temporary restraining orders and injunctions to reopen indoor dining in Montgomery and Prince George's counties as well as Baltimore City. All three jurisdictions restricted indoor dining in December.

Prince George's County suspended indoor dining through Jan. 16, allowing outdoor dining to continue at 50% capacity. Montgomery County has banned all indoor dining until further notice, allowing outdoor dining to continue during restricted hours (6 a.m. -10 p.m.). Baltimore City took it one step further, shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining, allowing restaurants only to operate for takeout and delivery.

Joe Zauner, an attorney for the restaurant association, said they are asking Maryland's courts to "rule in favor of restaurants and their employees" and to restore indoor dining to capacities allowed under state rules. Gov. Larry Hogan's latest executive order restricts indoor dining in Maryland to 50% capacity and allows only seated customers to be served.

"Gov. Hogan has indicated there is no data or evidence that warrants closing of indoor dining," Marshall Weston Jr., president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, said. "If indeed restaurants were a source of COVID we would have seen significant increases while restaurants were open at 75% capacity, yet that did not happen."

Courts in Anne Arundel County have already ruled on a similar request, ruling in favor of allowing indoor dining. On Dec. 16, a modified executive order restricted all indoor dining at Anne Arundel County restaurants and reduced outdoor dining to 50% capacity. A judge, however, granted an extension on indoor dining for 12 days, allowing restaurants to continue indoor dining at 25% capacity and outdoors at 50% capacity until Dec. 28.

Prince George's County officials acknowledged the heavy burden restaurants have faced during the pandemic, but reiterated that the county is working with health officials at every turn to make updated decisions based in science.

"We have made efforts to provide financial assistance, dispersing $7.6 million to our restaurants alone through the Restaurant Resiliency Fund, and that does not include those who applied for and received funding from the $20 million Business Recovery Initiative," Gina Ford, a spokeswoman for Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, said. "All of our efforts throughout this challenging time have been, not only to sustain restaurants, but to ensure they recover after COVID-19 leaves our community."

Weston said that Maryland's dining industry has lost approximately $1.4 billion in sales and laid off or furloughed more than 100,000 employees over the course of the pandemic.'>>>

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/maryland-restaurants-sue-keep-indoor-dining-open-holidays/65-77da3746-8c56-418f-941a-15421173625f?

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:44 PM

1. If congress had allocated money to Americans and small business we would not be in this predicament

We could survive a shut down and save many lives.

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:52 PM

2. THIS THIS THIS

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 20, 2020, 01:53 PM

4. But that's Soshialism!!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 20, 2020, 01:58 PM

5. Right, I forgot, only the rich get hand outs in America. nt

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Sun Dec 20, 2020, 12:57 PM

3. Merry Covidmas! *cough, cough, cough*

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