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Connecticut Pub Loses Lawsuit Claiming COVID-19 Restrictions Unconstitutional

A judge has found Gov. Ned Lamont was within his rights to call for and extend a state of emergency that closed much of the economy due to the COVID-19 threat.
A judge has found Gov. Ned Lamont was within his rights to call for and extend a state of emergency that closed much of the economy due to the COVID-19 threat. Photo Credit: Copyright 2020 Google Maps

A judge has found Gov. Ned Lamont was within his rights to call for and extend a state of emergency that closed much of the economy due to the COVID-19 threat.

On Wed., Sept. 16, a Superior Court judge decided a case filed against the governor by Kristine Casey, owner of Casey’s Irish Pub in Milford, according to CT News Junkie. Casey had sued the government in June claiming it was unconstitutional of Gov. Lamont to use his executive power to extend the COVID-19 restrictions  - effectively closing her business. 

Casey's Pub has since re-opened.

Casey argued that she could not run her business and comply with all COVID-19 restrictions because she is unable to offer outside dining at her location. This means the pub was forced to temporarily close, she said.

The court decided that while it would be difficult for Casey to operate under Connecticut’s COVID-19 restrictions, it is doable. The court also upheld the governor’s authority to declare a state of emergency in response to a public health crisis. 

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