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Tucson experiences a quiet New Year’s Eve under county curfew

Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 2:41 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - With Pima County’s 10p.m. curfew still in effect, it was a quiet evening in downtown Tucson on New Year’s Eve.

“Very anti-climactic,” said resident Alexandra Mazur. “I knew the curfew was at ten, but I also knew that we weren’t going to voluntarily go into a bar even if they were open. So our plans were just to kind of stay home”

“Very weird it almost feels kind of empty,” said Angela Macias.

It was a small crowd who decided to celebrate early. Inside Hub Restaurant, tables sat empty. For Operations Manager, Barney Confrey, it was a strange sight compared to years past.

“In 30 years I don’t think I’ve ever closed a restaurant at 10pm on New Year’s Eve,” said Confrey.

Confrey said they would not go against the curfew despite the hit to revenue to close early.

They sat their last guests at 9:30 so they’d finish on time.

And for guests don’t finish at 10 p.m. on the dot, the curfew allows those who are heading home to be out on public streets.

“It was really tough,” said Confrey. “We want to do the right thing and we want to do the safe thing. So that decision was kind of made for us.”

The Pima County Health Department states that if businesses are not complying with the curfew, you can report them online.

“The Health Department will review the complaints and any submitted evidence, such as photos, and determine if an investigation is warranted. Such actions would not occur until next week, however, and not this evening,” said Mark Evans, Pima County Communications Director. “The curfew was not necessarily intended to be one of active enforcement. Instead, it is meant as a discouragement and gives the County Health Department the legal tools to take action against county-regulated businesses governed by the curfew that repeatedly or egregiously fail to adhere to it.”

It was an usual way to ring in the New Year, but it seemed to be fitting for what’s been quite an usual year.

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