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Judge lifts 11 p.m. curfew for bars, restaurants involved in lawsuit

Effective immediately, restaurants and bars involved in the lawsuit are able to stay open past 11 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Acting Supreme Court Judge Timothy Walker on Saturday night granted a preliminary injunction for bars and restaurants involved in a lawsuit over the state's curfew.   

Effective immediately, restaurants involved are able to stay open past 11 p.m.

The statewide curfew was put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

It was originally 10 p.m. Then on February 14, the governor modified the executive order by extending the curfew to 11 p.m. 

The court order from Saturday night noted there is a lack of scientific evidence showing people at restaurants and bars are at a higher risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 at any time, let alone after 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.

View our report from earlier this week leading up to the preliminary injunction being granted here

Read the whole court decision here

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