COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — The Tavern League of Colorado has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order to stop the sale of alcohol at 11 p.m. at bars and restaurants statewide, according to our news partners at 9NEWS in Denver.
Attorney Jordan Factor confirmed that the non-profit group filed paperwork on Monday afternoon to drop the lawsuit against Gov. Jared Polis.
"The Tavern League has reluctantly decided that it must dismiss the suit because it was too expensive to maintain, especially in light of the devastating economic blow our members have suffered,” Factor said.
Polis originally ordered a 10 p.m. last call for alcohol served in bars and restaurants on July 21. Polis extended the last call to 11 p.m. on Aug. 21 following a drop in COVID-19 infections in young adults.
The co-owner of Bottles and Taps in Colorado Springs is understanding of the decision to end the legal battle.
“It is disappointing, but I understand it also," Craig Baars said. "Because it could take however long to negotiate that or get it to go through. And by the time maybe it gets passed, the restrictions are lessened anyways."
Baars is hopeful the governor will allow alcohol sales until midnight on Sept. 21, when Polis is expected to reevaluate the executive order. But the governor announced Tuesday, if El Paso County can get to the Protect Our Neighbors phase, the county can decide last call on its own.
“The Protect Our Neighbors phase...that’s where, again it’s up to you, the mask-wearing is up to you, whether you want bars to close at earlier time or normal," Gov. Polis said. "That’s a real big step. I can’t wait until all 64 counties have that complete authority.”
Four Colorado counties have achieved the Protect Our Neighbors phase. The state's new COVID-19 dial shows El Paso County could be very close.