RACINE, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge has thrown out the city of Racine’s coronvirus ordinance, ruling its limits on gatherings violate the state constitution.
Racine County Circuit Judge Jon Fredrickson said Wendesday that the plan interfered with the right to assemble. The judge also said the ordinance was so broadly written that “no average person of ordinary intelligence can make sense of its sprawling breadth.”
The owner of a CrossFit gym brought the lawsuit, saying the rules threatened his business. The judge said Racine could adopt a new plan if it is written more narrowly.
Racine Mayor Cory Mason says the city has asked for an immediate stay of the decision. In a statement, the mayor calls the ruling irresponsible and says it jeopardizes the city’s ability to protect the health of residents.