Minneapolis restaurants sue mayor for vaccine mandates

Over half a dozen restaurants in Minneapolis have joined forces in a joint case that was charged by Mayor Jacob Frey this week over newly introduced vaccine mandates.

The city announced on January 12 that any business serving food indoors must check for evidence that their patrons have received the vaccine or have received a negative test within the last 72 hours.

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The order went into effect Wednesday, leading to legal action from restaurants that have claimed the mayor has exceeded his authority, a local Fox News company reported.

“Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pieces to advance Mayor Frey’s agenda to push for and convince the public to get vaccinated,” read the complaint, accusing the emergency solution of being “calculated” in pushing a vaccine agenda.

“Whether the end sought is noble, the scheme is forcing restaurants and bars to lose additional customers and businesses that have already been reduced over the last two years and incurring new costs and burdens to enforce the requirements,” “added the complaint.

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The plaintiffs in the case include Bright Red Group, LLC, owners of Smack Shack, 90’s Minneapolis, LLC, which owns The Gay 90’s, PJ. Hafiz Club Management, Inc. from Sneaky Pete’s, Urban Entertainment, LLC from Wild Gregs Saloon, Urban Forage, LLC from Urban Forage, MikLin Enterprises, Inc., owners of Jimmy John’s and I & E Inc. by Bunkers Music Bar & Grill.

The restaurants have called on the Hennepin County Fourth Judicial Court to find Frey’s emergency vaccine order “invalid” and claim it has restricted their rights as restaurant owners.

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A hearing is scheduled for Monday, the local news media reported.

Fox Business could not immediately reach the mayor’s office for comment.

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