Source: Governor Doug Ducey (Information and Press Release):
Arizona: Governor Doug Ducey has ordered on Monday, June 29th, 2020 that all bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to close and delays first day of school due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This order came as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey held a news briefing today regarding Arizona’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey orders all bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to close for at least 30 days and push back the date for schools to start until August 17, 2020.
Health officials in Arizona have reported 3,858 more confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, the most reported in a single day in the state so far and the seventh time in the last 10 days that daily cases surpassed the 3,000 mark.
Since the pandemic began, 74,500 cases and 1,588 deaths stemming from COVID-19 have been reported in Arizona.
Hospitals around the state have begun activating surge plans to increase their capacity to treat coronavirus patients as confirmed cases rise and more people seek treatment.
Most Arizona bars and nightclubs opened after Arizona’s stay-at-home and business closure orders were allowed to expire in mid-May 2020.
Bars that don’t serve food were not allowed to re-open, but scenes of packed clubs that used that loophole to return to business as usual were common.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also re-establishing a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, and the state liquor department is ending the issuance of special-use alcohol permits.
Cities or counties could issue their own permits only if they ensure special rules are followed.
Most movie theaters remain closed, but the order closes those that re-opened and prevents others from reopening.
Pools at hotels and motels and municipal pools are also being ordered to close, as is a popular tubing location on the Salt River east of metro Phoenix.
If the closure order isn’t extended and nightclubs, pools and other gathering spots are allowed to reopen July 27, local health officials and law enforcement will be able to enforce strict social distancing and patron count rules.
Private pools at apartment complexes in Arizona can remain open, but they must limit gatherings to no more than 10 people and post signs of the limitations.
During the last news conference held on June 25th, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey urged Arizonans to stay home and to wear masks when in public, but he did not take any specific action to curb the virus outbreak.