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Colorado Springs business owners sue Gov. Polis over COVID-19 restrictions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A handful of Colorado Springs business owners filed a lawsuit Thursday against the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by state officials.

Black Forest Bistro, Mobile Veterinarian Guy and BodyCast Band specifically lodged a complaint with Governor Jared Polis and Jill Ryan, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health.

In their lawsuit, the business owners allege that the COVID-19 Dial restrictions have not treated some businesses equally under the law and the guidelines violate the First Amendment's right to peaceably assemble.

In a press release, the business owners acknowledged that Colorado has "an extremely well intentioned and smart governor" who is trying to protect citizens and follow health officials' advice. However, the owners say the lawsuit is intended to expedite the process of reopening small businesses to prevent collateral hardships.

"Out of an abundance of caution and because the situation is that critical, we filed a lawsuit on Thursday, December 10th, asking the Federal Court for injunctive relief to expedite the reopening of these businesses, to prevent further damage being done to people’s mental health and people’s small businesses," said the owners in a statement.

The group says they are "confident that Governor Polis, when he sees the lawsuit, will seriously take into account all Coloradans' first amendment right to assemble" and that he will ease some restrictions.

The governor's office said it would not comment on pending litigation.

KRDO reached out to the state health department for a statement on the lawsuit, but have not yet heard back.

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Zachary Aedo

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  1. Suffocating the population so they get cancer because of an imaginary perpetual illness is almost as disgusting as bestiality.

  2. I wish that they could sue him personally for their damages. You know…since they took the implied immunity away from the police, maybe we should do the same for Politian’s and Judge’s.

  3. The money stolen from those of color should go back to them. Polis should do as great leaders do and silence those who do not agree. Those elected in charge should rule and the leaders of the East. The people need to understand the state will ensure fairness. You will learn soon as your new leaders take charge with guidance from Leader Xi!

    Once we take GA you can stop resisting and follow as told. America will be transformed so we will all share the wealth. You must sacrifice and sometimes even suffer to achieve that goal. America has not shown it is willing to sacrifice for the greater good of fairness for all.

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