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Judge Dismisses New Haven Restaurant Lawsuit Over COVID Orders

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by New Haven restaurant owners who claimed that Governor Ned Lamont’s executive orders violated their constitutional rights.

The owners of the 50's Lounge argued that Lamont's executive orders that restricted restaurant capacity during the pandemic had unjustly prevented them from earning a living.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea said in his ruling that the owners failed to show how the orders violated their constitutional rights.

Shea said the orders from Lamont were "tailored to achieve the compelling government interests of slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

The owners of 50's Lounge also brought claims against New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, but that was also dismissed by Shea.

The city had temporarily shut down the restaurant last June for violating state COVID-19 guidelines.