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State changes locks on business owner to keep him from serving diners during pandemic

Brian Brindisi has been serving diners inside his restaurant which violates the New Jersey governor's executive order for no indoor dining.
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The owner of a restaurant in New Jersey is fighting back after a locksmith changed the locks to his business for violating a state executive order.

NEW JERSEY, USA — The owner of a New Jersey restaurant is fuming and fighting back after the state changed the locks to his business. 

Brian Brindisi has been serving diners inside his restaurant which violates the governor's executive order for no indoor dining. He kept doing it so the state had the locks changed.

Brindisi then had the locks changed again so he could get back inside.

"Well it's just an executive order, it's not a law, says Brian. The executive order doesn't override our constitution and not only that, what am I supposed to do? I just worked for 30 years to get where I'm at in life and I'm not going to let somebody just come in and shut me down," Brindisi said. "They could've came down here and look at what we're doing, maybe made us the model for the diners to reopen something. They didn't do anything. They just shut our doors, locked us out and that's it. Nobody should have that type of power."

Brindisi plans to continue serving diners at his restaurant. He's already been fined $1,000 since opening last Thursday.