“The action that I’m taking today may be pushing the legal bounds a little bit,” Wolff said. “But our attorneys believe we can defend this order in court.”
The National Federation of Independent Business’s state director, Annie Spillman, objected to making business owners enforce safety rules.
“Orders like Judge Wolff’s puts owners in the difficult position of policing their customers while trying to reopen and rebuild their businesses,” Spillmanan, an advocate for small businesses, said in a written statement. It echoed calls by many Republicans in Congress — and by large corporations — for federal liability protections that would shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.