Ebene News – US – The Winnebago center plans the New Year’s party in defiance of the closing order

Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office on Wednesday filed another lawsuit against a Minnesota company it says is challenging the government Tim Walz’s order to stay closed in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19

This time the allegation is that the Carlson Event Center & Campaign Chapel in Winnebago is shamelessly planning a New Year’s Eve party

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Carlson said “It’s not a party It’s not a bash It’s a religious gathering”

According to a statement from Ellison’s office, the Carlson Event Center “announced that it would host a ‘New Year’s Eve Bash’ on December 31, 2020, until the wee hours of January 1, 2021, in violation” of the Order of Walz

The ad “says it will host a ‘big New Years dance’, urging attendees to bring their own beer and liquor,” said a statement from Ellison’s office Attorney General’s office failed to reach the company, statement said

“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” he said “He’s speculating about something that didn’t happen”

When asked if there was an event planned for New Years Eve, Carlson said it would be a religious gathering with items for sale. He did not deny that ‘there was an advertisement for the event On the contrary, he said, the event was “poorly expressed” in the advertisement

Carlson, who said he planned to contact his lawyer, slammed Ellison’s office for sending a prosecution notice to the media

Ellison’s office included what it called publicity for the event in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Faribault County District Court There is no mention of a church service or rally

The ad does however refer to a “New Year’s Eve Bash” It also displays a photo of a group of five men wearing leather coats and cowboy hats, as well as illustrations of a bucket beer on ice with the letters “byob” underneath and photographic illustrations of two women in tight clothes

At the top of the ad are the words “all ages are welcome”, as well as the cost of participation: $ 25

In November, in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, Walz issued an executive order banning in-person dining at restaurants, as well as the temporary closure of venues hosting events and indoor entertainment Walz recently extended this order until January 11

“Performance venues, like many other businesses, have suffered during this pandemic I am happy to see efforts such as the recently passed Minnesota Aid Program and the Minnesota-born national Save Our Stages law , are helping these companies through this difficult time, “Ellison said in a statement. “By far the vast majority of indoor venues have always complied with the law But when a company irresponsibly opens up to the public to host a dance party, their insistence on breaking the law only prolongs the pain of the pandemic. for everyone”

The event center is the 11th Minnesota company that Ellison has sued for defying Walz’s order In these 10 previous cases, the attorney general sought and obtained nine temporary restraining orders from the courts , reaffirming Walz’s power to order companies to temporarily shut down

James Walsh is a journalist covering St Paul and its neighborhoods He has had a myriad of assignments in over 30 years with the Star Tribune, including federal courts and St Paul’s Schools

Keith Ellison, Minnesota, New Year’s Eve

Ebene News – United States – Winnebago Center plans New Years party in defiance of closure order

Source: https://www.startribune.com/winnebago-event-center-plans-new-year-s-eve-bash-in-defiance-of-shutdown-order-suit-says/600005199/