An order signed by a Sawyer County judge on Tuesday, Oct. 13, temporarily blocks the 25-percent capacity limit for public spaces, pending a court ruling on the issue.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin, Sawyer County Tavern League and the Flambeau Forest Inn filed a lawsuit in Sawyer County against the state Department of Health Services and health officials Andrea Palm and Julia Lyons over Palm’s Emergency Order #3, which limited the number of people in public spaces, such as restaurants, bars and stores.

The capacity limit, effective Oct. 8, was enacted to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The Tavern League said it amounted to another shutdown order and threatened  economic ruin for many.

Sawyer County Judge John M. Jackel signed a temporary restraining order on Oct. 13, which was filed with the court on Wednesday, Oct. 14. It is not the final decision on the emergency order, but the injunction stops it and maintains the status quo until the court can make a decision. A hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, for the state to argue why the order should remain in effect while the case is happening.

Any local orders will remain in effect.

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