Orlando bar owners file lawsuit against DeSantis, Florida over coronavirus restrictions

ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of downtown Orlando bar owners are filing a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida.

The suit claims that restrictions placed on bars is unconstitutional and that the executive order should be overturned.

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Attorney John Dill represents several downtown bar owners who are suing the governor after an executive order that forced them to close last month.

Included in the lawsuit is also the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Some of the Orlando bars attached to the lawsuit include the owners of Irish Shannon’s Pub, Chillers, Cahoots & Latitudes, Ember, Calendestion, North, Aero, The Patio and The Hanson Building.

“We aren’t asking for money,” Dill said. “They will go under certainly if this continues on they won’t be able to continue with their business model.”

Dill said his clients had proper protocols in place which included maintaining capacity at 50% and making sure that all employees were tested.

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He said if his clients are not allowed to open soon, their businesses could be shut down for good.

Karen Parks

Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.