County sued over collecting fees from restaurants forced to close

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The Old Spaghetti Factory of Rancho Mirage, the Old Spaghetti Factory of Riverside and other establishments included in the class action argue that the county Department of Environmental Health and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control should have suspended or refunded fee collections while the lockdowns were underway.
RIVERSIDE - Multiple restaurants forced to close their doors during the coronavirus public health lockdowns, even while paying government fees to maintain their operating permits without generating revenue, are suing Riverside County and the state.    The Old Spaghetti Factory of Rancho Mirage, the Old Spaghetti Factory of Riverside and other establishments included in the class action argue that the county Department of Environmental Health and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control should have suspended or refunded fee collections while the lockdowns were underway.    Restaurants can now provide both indoor and outdoor dining, with health safeguards and capacity limitations, under the orange tier of the governor's " Blueprint for a Safer Economy'' framework.
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