Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has ordered the immediate closure of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing operators across the state for at least 30 days.
The order takes effect at 8 p.m. on Monday and will last through July 27, if not extended.
Ducey earlier issued a stern warning to bars and nightclubs in the Scottsdale area that disregarded rules on social distancing. Riot House, one of the nightclubs the governor called out, was charged with a misdemeanor. The offense carries a $2,500 fine.
Additionally, the state has set a 50-person limit for gatherings on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
As early as now, Ducey has already announced that school will be opening late in the fall.
The governor notes that before bars, water parks, tubing companies, and indoor gyms are allowed to reopen, they will have to “attest to adhere to all public health regulations, and post it for the public to see.”
The Arizona Department of Health Services has reported 74,533 positive cases and 1,588 COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Ducey explained that restaurants can remain open for in-person dining, takeout, and delivery. However, some businesses and restaurants have voluntarily closed because of potential exposure to the virus.