Gov. Doug Ducey announced an executive order beginning at 11 p.m. ET today that closes bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing for at least 30 days.
Ducey said the eventual reopening of affected facilities will require businesses to follow public health regulations and post them for the public to see. Restaurants will be allowed to remain open with physical distancing guidelines in place.
The governor is also limiting indoor and outdoor mass gatherings. Events of more than 50 people are now prohibited. Groups of more than 10 people will be prohibited from gathering at outdoor pools, including those at apartment complexes and private facilities.
The number of cases in the state is now nearing 75,000. The largest increase is from those between the ages of 20 and 44 who now make up 22% of hospitalizations in Arizona.
Ducey painted a bleak picture saying, “our expectation is that next week, our numbers will be worse. It will take several weeks for the mitigations we are putting in place to take effect.”