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Group of North Bay restaurants, wineries and hotels sue state over shutdown limits

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Josh Silvers, chef and owner of Jackson's Bar and Oven.(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

A group of more than 50 restaurants, wineries and hotels in Sonoma and Napa counties is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom and California’s public health officer over pandemic restrictions that they say threaten the viability of their businesses.

The group, calling itself the Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening, filed suit in Napa County Superior Court on Tuesday, just as Sonoma County set a new local record for the highest number of monthly COVID-19 deaths, with nearly two weeks still to go in January.

The 22-page lawsuit seeks a loosening of the six-week stay-home order that now indefinitely prohibits restaurants, pubs and tasting rooms in the two counties from offering anything beyond takeout and delivery service — limits the group assailed as “draconian.”

Newsom and Tomás J. Aragón, the state’s health officer, are named as the defendants in the case, the latest in a long line to take aim at California’s pandemic-era restrictions on business activity and civic life.

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Health clubs, gyms challenge California coronavirus pandemic rules in court

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The California Fitness Alliance filed a lawsuit charging the Newsom administration with unfairly targeting this industry as part of COVID-19 containment efforts and demanding that gyms be allowed to reopen.

In the lawsuit, gym owners claim the state closed gyms without showing proof that they play a role in the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The legal action, filed Sept. 15 in Los Angeles County Superior Court by this 300-member organization, alleges that the lengthy closure comes at a time when millions of people are being deprived of the ability to exercise indoors to maintain health during a summer of record high temperatures and unhealthful air quality due to wildfire smoke.

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