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Bars, restaurants to remain open past 11 p.m. through July 6 after extended restraining order

Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 10:19:31-05

OKLAHOMA COUNTY — Oklahoma bars and restaurants are now able to stay open like normal through the summer after an Oklahoma County district judge extended a restraining order, stopping the governor's executive order forcing them to close at 11 p.m.

In November 2020, Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order giving bars and restaurants a curfew of 11 p.m. to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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In December, small business owners' sued the governor to stop the move. A judge issued a temporary restraining order on Stitt's executive order. Governor Stitt said he was disappointed in the December ruling, saying it struck the right balance between protecting public health and keeping businesses open safely.

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Now, Judge Susan Stallings extended the restraining order through July 6, 2021.

This move is a win for the hospitality industry in Oklahoma, allowing bars and restaurants to stay open later to do more business.

The temporary restraining order is set to be review on July 6, 2021 at 9 a.m.

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