Bochenski rescinds early bar closing order

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As of Wednesday, Grand Forks drinking establishments will no longer have to close early.

Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski has signed an emergency order rescinding his previous orders regarding liquor license holders having to close at 11:00 PM.

The original orders on Aug. 29 were intended to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Bochenski says the city has seen a “consistent downward trend” in case numbers in the last two weeks...and he believes it is time to lift the restriction.

Bochenski said he still strongly encourages local bars and restaurants to follow the state’s 50 percent capacity guideline.

Grand Forks County is in the yellow or moderate risk level assigned by the state.

Bochenski said he will “closely monitor” the situation.

The order takes effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday.

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(City of GF statement:)

Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski has signed emergency order 2020-19.3 that rescinds his previous emergency orders 2020-19, 2020-19.1, and 2020-19.2 regarding liquor license holders having to close at 11 pm.

The emergency order that rescinds the 11 pm closing time will go into effect at 8 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

“We’ve seen a consistent downward trend with our case numbers the past two weeks and the executive order was always intended to be temporary. Given the trends, I see this as a proper time to lift this restriction.” Mayor Bochenski said. “I still strongly encourage our local bars and restaurants to adhere to the 50% capacity guideline from the State of North Dakota and the decision to lift the 11:00pm closure is being made with businesses following these guidelines in mind. As always, I continue to closely monitor all factors related to COVID.”




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