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Dane County limits bar service amid virus

The Associated Press
Created: July 01, 2020 05:59 PM

Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of reported coronavirus cases accelerate, many involving young people in Wisconsin's largest college community.

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The order from Public Health Madison & Dane County effective Thursday allows bars that have patios to keep them open and it limits the number of people who may eat inside restaurants to 25% capacity, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Since June 13, there have been 614 confirmed coronavirus cases. Half of them were between the ages of 18 and 29.  

The average age of those with the coronavirus in Dane County has dropped to 23 years old. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway says gatherings at bars and restaurants are driving the higher numbers. "It's clear that alcohol and coronavirus do not mix," she said.

Bar owners are weighing a legal challenge. They say officials are not taking into account what role recent protests over police brutality may have in the surge.

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