The hospitality, restaurant, and bar industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. From outright closures to severe restrictions on service, to constantly changing health and safety regulations, owners and operators have had to drastically alter the way they do business. As a result, the financial losses suffered by this industry are staggering. Leech Tishman’s attorneys are hard at work assisting clients across this industry to address those losses, get back to business, and protect the health and safety of their customer and employees.
Current Efforts to Address Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Health Department Orders
Leech Tishman and the Caputo Law Office are currently representing a large group of establishments, including restaurants, bars, and other liquor licensees, that are concerned about Allegheny County’s recent Orders addressing on-site alcohol consumption. If you have questions about those efforts or those Orders, or are interested in joining the restaurant and bar consortium, please click here.
Leech Tishman and the Caputo Law Office were featured in several Pittsburgh Business Times articles regarding this effort:
Government Orders Affecting the Hospitality Industry Nationwide
This issue is not unique to Allegheny County. Across the country, local and state governments are issuing orders that alter or restrict the operations of restaurants and bars in an attempt to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Newsom recently issued similar orders in California, prohibiting indoor dining and closing bars across the state. Florida Gov. DeSantis issued an Executive Order closing bars and nightclubs throughout Florida.
Many of these orders, like the one in Allegheny County, have been subject to push-back or legal challenges. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to close bars, which inadvertently closed 1,500 Texas restaurants. In response, a coalition of more than 30 Texas bars have filed a lawsuit challenging the emergency order.
Similar legal challenges are happening in Tennessee, with Nashville bars filing lawsuits following Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order limiting all state bars and restaurants to takeout, drive-thru and delivery services only. Legal challenges are also happening in Nevada, with many bars attempting to block Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Executive Orders.
Leech Tishman attorneys represent clients across the country with over 80 attorneys nationwide. Our lawyers are licensed in Arizona, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia, as well as in various federal appellate and trial courts across the country.
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