Laws and ordinances determine how businesses in Minnesota and across the country operate. However, some business owners can feel that these regulations are hindering their businesses, and as a result, they may feel the need to take legal action against the local, state or federal government in efforts to address their concerns. If so, they may be in for a long and difficult, but possibly beneficial, endeavor.
It was recently reported that a business owner in another state has filed a lawsuit against the governor due to restrictions on businesses reopening after pandemic closures. The business owner claims that the governor does not have the power to close businesses and that trying to keep businesses closed violates that state’s constitution. The business, which is an indoor mini-golf course, has apparently not reopened, and the owner feels that it is unfair that other similar indoor businesses, like restaurants and bowling alleys, have been able to.
The governor reportedly created a tier system that would determine when certain industries could reopen and under what restrictions. For example, family entertainment centers fall into the yellow tier and can reopen at 25% capacity. However, the business owner claims that the governor should not have sole power to determine which industries can open and when. The owner also stated that new safety measures were implemented and that the company has not been able to regain the funds spent on those measures due to the closure.
Government regulations can be tricky to handle, but if it appears that certain restrictions are violating the rights of business owners, looking into legal options may be worthwhile. These restrictions can apply in various capacities, such as zoning, local ordinances, environmental restrictions and more. Because such legal matters can be complex and difficult to navigate, concerned Minnesota business owners may wish to discuss their predicaments with legal professionals experienced in governmental relations.