‘I haven’t complied yet’: Madsen’s remains closed as owner talks with health department

The owner of a Lincoln pool hall says he's working with health officials to get his business back open. 
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The owner of a Lincoln pool hall says he’s working with health officials to get his business back open.

Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards was ordered to close last Saturday, after refusing to follow local health measures including requiring patrons to wear masks. Officials issued the business a citation on Friday, and police officers enforced a health department mandated shutdown Saturday morning.

The business remained closed Monday afternoon.

Owner Ben Madsen told Channel 8 Eyewitness News he is working with the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department to “find some middle ground.”

Interim Health Director Pat Lopez said Friday the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department was working with Madsen to come up with a reopening plan.

Madsen said talks have continued, but declined to comment on specifics.

“I haven’t complied yet,” he said, adding he isn’t backing down from his stance about not following the health measures.

Lopez, whose position and authority have been called into question by Madsen’s attorney, said in a statement Saturday the business “will remain closed until they submit a plan for operations that meets the requirements of the Directed Health Measure which is then approved by the Health Department.  The Lincoln Police Department will continue to enforce the closure order.”

 

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