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Vegas hotel's COVID-19 crowd limit challenge tossed by judge

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Posted at 8:44 AM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-18 01:56:48-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) —  A Las Vegas hotel and conference center that was fined a year ago for defying state coronavirus pandemic restrictions and hosting a beauty pageant and a faith-based Donald Trump campaign rally has lost a court challenge of occupancy limits.

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State Attorney General Aaron Ford said Friday's ruling against Ahern Hotel and Convention Center amounted to a court finding that emergency orders issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak after COVID-19 emerged in March 2020 balance the rights and safety of state residents.

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The attorney representing the hotel and its owner Don Ahern was traveling and unavailable for immediate comment about whether they would appeal.