Las Vegas area bars sue Nevada for shutting down

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LAS VEGAS – As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the Silver State, 37 bars in southern Nevada filed a lawsuit to stop Gov. Steve Sisolak’s shutdown order targeting drinking establishments.

“Despite overwhelming evidence that the vast majority of bars and taverns are in compliance with the reopening mandates pertaining to social distancing and face coverings, Gov. Sisolak has singled out this particular group,” wrote lawyers from Bailey-Kennedy, the firm representing the plaintiffs.

Sisolak’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Under the governor’s latest order, bars in seven counties returned to Phase 1 restrictions – meaning those without food closed except for curbside pickup.

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The lawsuit says state checks showed 80% compliance with social distancing orders in bars July 3. Though 39 businesses were cited for noncompliance from June 26 to July 10, none of those businesses served alcohol.

“Notably,” the lawsuit said, “[the order] does not close home improvement stores, water parks, casino floors, or casino pools, or other businesses found to have similar (or more serious) compliance issues.”

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