Judge dismisses Gallatin County lawsuit against Rocking R Bar

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 12:28:33-05

BOZEMAN — A lawsuit filed on behalf of Gallatin County against the Rocking R Bar in downtown Bozeman over adherence to emergency health orders was dismissed on Friday.

The suit was initially brought in response to the bar’s alleged, repeated violations of a 10 p.m. closing time rule put in place by the Gallatin City-County Board of Health due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a signed order, Gallatin County District Court Judge Rienne McElyea said the case was now moot, “In light of actions of the Governor, the Board of Health, and the Health Officer.”

The Board of Health voted unanimously on Thursday to extend closing time for bars and restaurants in Gallatin County to 2 a.m.