Group of restaurant and bar owners file lawsuit against Pima County curfew

“We believe the 10 p.m. curfew is illegal and discriminatory and the court should strike it down.”

Lawsuit filed

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A group of business owners are filing a lawsuit against Pima County claiming the mandatory curfew is illegal.

“We would like the Pima County Board of Supervisors to show us the science about why things are more dangerous after 10 p.m.,” said Grant Krueger, owner of Union Public House.

Grant Krueger also owns the other two restaurants that sit on the Saint Phillip’s Plaza, Reforma and Proof.

“Depending on the establishment our sales have gone down between 15 to 50 percent, all on a curfew based on someone’s objective opinion,” said Krueger.

He’s one of several business owners suing Pima County, claiming the mandatory curfew is eliminating thousands of jobs.

“We believe the 10 p.m. curfew is illegal and discriminatory and believe the Pima Court should strike it down. We’ve asked for a temporary restraining order to allow us to operate after 10 p.m. and asked for injunctive relief too,” he added.

Krueger said he’s been forced to cut all his employee’s hours, including hostess Isabella Hutson’s.

“It really put our jobs on the line and has threatened our jobs as a whole. It’s been a struggle to get hours and money. We’re all around 18 to 21 years old so we’re all on our own. It’s difficult to pay bills,” said Hutson.

Hutson said since the curfew went into effect, she’s earning $600 less every paycheck. A situation attorney Thomas Denker is hoping to change with the lawsuit.

“The curfew violates the governor’s order which states curfews are not allowed. It’s unreasonable again, the virus doesn’t come out at night and it’s not even effective given that the transmission mitigation procedures are in place both before and after,” Denker said.

Pima County declined commenting on the pending lawsuit.

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