TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered all bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks to close for 30 days due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
The start of school was pushed back to Aug. 17, but Ducey said that could change again if the virus spreads more.
Ducey made the announcement during a news conference Monday, June 29. The executive order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday.
“This will help relieve stress on our health care system and give time for new transmissions to slow,” Ducey tweeted out.
Ducey also said outdoor gatherings of 50 people or more are banned.
The executive order does not require restaurants to close, Ducey said, but places of business and churches where large crowds congregate will have to follow the order.
Ducey says the goal is to see results similar to March when infection rates were declining.
“Our expectation is that next week our numbers will be worse,” said Ducey. “We need to slow it down. We did it once before, and we can do it again.”
Also on Monday, the University of Arizona said it is pausing the return of athletes due to the outbreak.
“After consultations with the University of Arizona Re-Entry Task Force, Campus Health Services, Pima County Health Department and other local health care experts, the University of Arizona Athletics Department will pause bringing additional student-athletes back to campus,” the school said in a news release.
The schools said the athletics department had one positive test for COVID-19 among the 83 student-athletes who already returned to campus for voluntary physical activities.