UPDATE: Tucson announces suspension of dine-in services, other venues during outbreak

Drive-thru, take out restaurants will remain open
A waitress takes a patron's order at a restaurant.
A waitress takes a patron's order at a restaurant.(Pixabay)
Updated: Mar. 17, 2020 at 6:16 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Mayor Regina Romero announced the city of Tucson will close all dine-in services at restaurants as well as bars, food courts, gyms and other venues where people congregate.

Romero’s announcement does not apply to restaurants outside of the city limits. A decision for those establishments would have to come from the towns -- like Marana and Oro Valley -- or Pima County itself.

The decision follows recent guidance from the state health department. Several other cities, like San Francisco and Oklahoma City, have done the same thing.

The following is a statement from Regina Romero sent in a press release:

“This morning, after consulting with business stakeholders, the City Attorney, and City Manager, I have made the determination that it is in the best interest of maintaining public health to suspend dine-in services in restaurants and food courts, and transition to delivery/pick-up only services. Bars, gyms, and other specific venues stated in the proclamation where groups of people congregate are directed to be closed through the end of the month.

“My top priority, above all else, is to protect public health. This is a painful decision that I do not take lightly. Several restaurants have already stopped dine-in service and transitioned to all drive through and curb-side pick-up.

“I want to reiterate that food being served by our restaurants is safe. It is the congregation of individuals in a dine-in setting that is unsafe.”

Romero said it’s “in the best interest of maintaining public health” amidst concerns over COVID-19.

This policy begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and runs through the end of the month.

Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) have made the decision to suspend their gaming operations temporarily. All Desert Diamond Casino properties will close beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

The Casino Del Sol released a statement on Facebook saying they will close tomorrow at 5 p.m. and will be ceasing all operations until April 13.

The following statement is from the Casino Del Sol:

"As we are on the front end of this challenge, we need to take advantage of being a leader and community partner in Tucson, Pima County and the State of Arizona.

For our guests and team members, we care. As such, effective March 18 at 5pm we will be ceasing all operations until April 13 at 8am.


The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Casino Del Sol, The Sol of Tucson. "

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