Restaurants’ Lawsuit Against MoCo Set for Hearing on Wednesday

Restaurants’ Lawsuit Against MoCo Set for Hearing Tomorrow (Wednesday, 12/23)

The hearing for the lawsuit brought on by the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) against Montgomery County in order to restore indoor dining capacity back to 25% indoors, will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, December 23).

On Friday, December 18th the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) held a press conference outside of their headquarters in Columbia, MD announcing that they have filed requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Baltimore City, with the goal of having indoor and outdoor dining restored as soon as possible.

Yesterday, we polled Twitter users on this matter in a non-scientific poll. We asked:

“With local restaurants taking MoCo to court to reinstate indoor dining…

Do YOU think indoor dining should be permitted?”

As of 8:20am, with just over two hours left to go, we have approximately 1,650 votes with the following results:

35% voted “Definitely not”

32% voted “No, but I get the fight.”

14% voted “Yes, but I wouldn’t go.”

19% voted “Yes, I’d go.”

Some replies to the poll include:

“They’re lucky that the county is not taking it to the extremes like our fellow foreign allies.”

“I get the fight- restaurants are struggling and they have employees to pay. They’re not getting a ton of relief, so I get the urge. But it also seems way too early.”

“Yes, I’d continue to go but more importantly, I get the fight.”

“Indoor dining really need more than 6 feet of social distancing. I would never go and the safest option is to not permit, but I do feel for the businesses.”

“It’s shouldn’t be barred in the first place.”

“”Yes, but I wouldn’t go” folks: you are a big part of the problem. It’s not just the people who contract #COVID19 in a restaurant it’s all the people *they will now infect* that keeps the virus going. As for the “yes, I’d go” folks I’m done with you.”

We will have an update on the result of the hearing for you as soon as it is available. News of the hearing date first reported by Bethesda Beat.



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