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LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD REOPEN BARS/RESTAURANTS WITH PRECAUTIONS ON MAY 15

Mason Doerr  | Published on 4/30/2020

This afternoon, the House passed a resolution (HR 250) that gives the House Speaker power to legally challenge the Governor for actions she takes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The house also passed SB 858 (sponsored by Senator Barrett (R)) with a substitute which would open up bars, restaurants, golf courses, casinos and many other types of establishments beginning May 15.

According to the House substitute, from May 15-30, these businesses would be required to maintain social distancing standards (6 ft. between patrons), provide staff with PPE (masks, gloves, etc.), practice heightened cleaning procedures, limit tool sharing and promote working from home whenever possible.

The bill will now head back to the Senate to be voted on. It is likely the Senate will pass the bill. It is also likely that the governor will veto the bill.

The MLBA supports this legislation and looks forward to working with the legislature to get this passed.

READ THE FULL BILL W/ SUBSTITUTE HERE!