Arizona governor reverses reopening as Covid-19 cases increase

Water parks and pipelines must also be closed, Ducey said at a press conference, and events with more than 50 people are prohibited.

The pullback comes when the state has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases recently. There are now almost 75,000 infections reported, compared to 46,689 cases 10 days ago.

“Our expectation is that next week, our numbers will be worse,” Ducey said. “It will take several weeks for the mitigations we are implementing to take effect.”

The largest increase is from people between the ages of 20 and 44 who now account for 22% of hospitalizations in Arizona, Ducey said.

Sixteen other states have backed down on reopens or put them on pause as their cases jump. Bars were ordered to close in Texas and parts of California. In some parts of South Florida, beaches were ordered to be closed again over the next holiday weekend, and local alcohol consumption was suspended in bars across the state.

Just a few days before the July 4 weekend, groups of more than 10 people will be banned from gathering at outdoor pools in Arizona, including those in apartment complexes and private facilities, Ducey said.

Arizona schools are also ordered to delay the start of the school year until August 17, he said.

To reopen, affected facilities must attest to public health regulations and publish them for the public to see, the governor said.

The goal, he said, is to reopen the stores in 30 days.

“We will be monitoring the data on the go, and we will do whatever it takes to protect public health,” Ducey said.

Restaurants will be allowed to remain open with current physical distance guidelines.

Last week, Ducey said he would not require people to wear masks that attended President Donald Trump’s Phoenix rally on June 23. On Monday, he encouraged all Arizonans to “mask himself,” but did not issue a state mandate for people to use them.


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