Within hours of a judge's block of Governor Kevin Stitt's demand that all food & drink services close by 11pm, nightly, the governor's team is retreating from the demand. Reports of the court proceeding reflect a disastrous dialogue in court testimony. State agencies, including the Alcoholic Beverage regulators (ABLE), the State Health Dept, and the governor's own legal team and chief operating officer; could not produce any verifiable data to back up their selective restrictions.
The orders banned diners from going to Whataburger at 11:15pm, but that same person could go to a topless strip club for a topless dancer to sit on a patron's sap while gyrating and caressing.
The governor's team claimed that Google Analytics was the primary source of data they relied upon. But they failed to produce that hearsay, claiming they lack legal permission from Google to use the published info.
The state authorities also said that Google Analytics concludes that mask mandates are ineffective in slowing this viral spread. Thus, they rejected Judge Susan Stallings' inquiry about an alternative and broadly applied order, which doesn't single out food & drink venues while ignoring other enterprises.
The Governor's Rationale
- An emergency caused by nature or manmade disaster
- An emergency cause by riot or insurrection
- An emergency caused by a public health threat.