Arizona Governor Orders Several Businesses To Shut Down Again Due To COVID-19
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has ordered all bars, gyms, movie theaters, and water parks to shut down again in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The shutdown went into effect immediately and will last for 30 days minimum, according to a report by The Guardian.
Ducey has also stated that public schools should not reopen until at least August 17. These measures come after a high probability for a resurgence of cases.
“Our expectation is that our numbers next week will be worse,” he said.
Health officials reported the most cases in Arizona in a single day on Sunday with 3,858. This marks the seventh time in the ten days that the daily numbers of cases have reached over 3,000.
Ducey has faced criticism for his response to the pandemic, Democratic congressman Ruben Gallego stating that he did not emphasize the “seriousness of the growing public health emergency our state is facing.” Ducey did not order his citizens to wear masks in public and resisted calls from cities to allow mask-wearing as a requirement until recently.
The move to reclose some businesses parallels actions by other governors amidst a surge of cases. States like Texas, Florida, and California are all reversing orders to reopen, some closing beaches and bars, which are areas of high occupancy and close proximity.
In California specifically, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered nine counties to close their bars and nightclubs. California’s southern Imperial counties have been suffering in regard to hospital capacity. Recently, 500 patients had to be relocated to neighboring areas.
Texas bar owners sued Gov. Greg Abbott after he closed down their businesses, saying that he doesn’t have the authority and that other businesses were allowed to remain open.
Oregon and Kansas have also announced orders for all people to wear masks in public.
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