Judge rules in favor of Fayette Co. Health Department in dispute with coffee shop

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against a Lexington business for ignoring a state ban on indoor dining.

Last week, the Fayette County Health Department filed a complaint against Brewed coffee bar. The business also lost its food and liquor license.

Brewed’s owner, Andrew Cooperrider, refused to close indoor dining, per the governor’s mandate.

Monday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of the health department, granting its motion for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief. Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Travis issued the ruling and said he was sympathetic to many of Cooperrider’s arguments. But ultimately, the judge said the court is duty bound to follow existing Kentucky law.

The health department had also asked the judge to authorize law enforcement to enforce the order, but it’s not yet clear if that is part of the ruling.

“We are pleased with the judge’s ruling today and will continue to do our part in helping protect the health of the community,” a spokesperson with the LFCHD said.

The judge’s order will expire when the governor’s emergency order does and will continue if he extends it. For now, the governor plans on it ending on time.

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