As cases of COVID-19 in Arizona continue to rise, Governor Doug Ducey issued a new executive order this week in an effort to slow the spread. The Arizona governor closed all bars, gyms, and more to the spread.
Effective 8 p.m. on June 29 through at least July 27, Ducey ordered certain businesses to close, limited mass gathering sizes and delayed the start of in-person school.
Businesses ordered to shut down include:
- Gyms, fitness centers and fitness clubs of all sizes
- Bars with a Series 6 or 7 liquor license
- Movie theaters
- Water parks
- Tubing operators
Mass gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people.
In-person school will not begin until August 17, at the earliest. The start date for school, and the date these businesses may reopen, is subject to change if the governor extends his executive order.
Bars can remain open for pick up and delivery. Restaurants are not affected by the order, and can remain open for in-person dining, takeout and delivery. Restaurants still need to abide by the reopening guidelines issued by the state, including reduced capacity and increased cleaning.
In total, at the time of the executive order being issued, there were nearly 75,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with more than 1,500 deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The June 29 executive order is set to expire on July 27. However, Ducey will announce any extensions or changes to the order if they are necessary.
Face Coverings & Masks
To further help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, many cities and counties have required people wear face coverings in public places and businesses. The requirement follows the recommendation of the CDC, who released more information about the emerging evidence they have gathered on the effectiveness of cloth face masks.
Arizona cities and counties that announced face covering requirements in June are:
- Casa Grande
- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
- Fountain Hills
- Gila Bend
- Gila County
- Gila River Indian Community
- Litchfield Park
- Maricopa County
- Navajo Nation
- Oro Valley
- Paradise Valley
- Pima County
- Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
- San Luis
- Santa Cruz County
- Tohono O’Odham Nation
- Yuma County
Some of these cities announced their requirement before the county they are in, and thus fall under the county when the county’s proclamation was issued. No word yet on how long the bars, gyms and more will be closed for.