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Ducey Orders Arizona Bars And Gyms To Remain Closed

By Ben Giles
Published: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 7:06am
Updated: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 8:04am

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
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Gov. Doug Ducey discusses the latest trends in COVID-19 spread in Arizona and how that affects decisions about certain businesses can reopen on July 23, 2020.

Gov. Doug Ducey extended his order shuttering bars, gyms, nightclubs, waterparks and tubing operations.

Ducey previously ordered those businesses to close in early July, as he walked back Arizona’s rapid reopening in May following his earlier stay-at-home order. Despite some positive signs in coronavirus data in recent weeks, the governor said he's staying the course.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Ducey said the fact that daily reports of new cases are dropping is still not cause for celebration.

“It’s cause for evidence that some of the decisions and habits and rigor and discipline are showing is working,” he said.

Now it’s time to press on with strategies that are working, Ducey said. That means those businesses must now remain closed indefinitely.

“People ask how did we come up with these venues for closure, and I want you to know this is the direct recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control,” Ducey said.

According to Ducey’s order, officials will review the situation every two weeks to determine if it can be revised or repealed.

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