- Bars, gyms, and movie theaters closed in the counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Currently, license renewals and elective surgeries are delayed in Arizona
- All school is suspended statewide until at least April 10 pending the health conditions
On Friday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the new COVID-19 restrictions for Arizona to combat the spread of the virus. Arizona declared a State of Emergency on March 11 but has now issued new restrictions.
Ducey ordered restaurants in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide takeout options only, while gyms, movie theaters, and bars in those areas were ordered to shut down at close of business on Friday. Restaurants can sell beer, wine, and spirituous liquor off-premises in sealed containers to legal-age consumers. Cafeterias at nursing homes, hospitals, soup kitchens for the needy, and similar facilities are not subject to these restrictions and may operate normally following CDC guidelines.
Beginning March 21 all non-essential or elective surgeries, including dental surgeries, that use personal protective equipment or ventilators should not be performed at any licensed healthcare facility or by any licensed healthcare provider in the State of Arizona. Also, the state is delaying the requirements to renew driver licenses and driving permits that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and September 1, 2020, by six months from the expiration date.
Ducey announced the statewide closure of schools on Sunday, initially saying that the shut down would be in effect from March 16 through March 27. Those school closures announced earlier this week are now extended until April 10.
In addition, about 200 members of the Arizona National Guard were activated to help with food distribution as daily life becomes increasingly restricted by efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in the state, where the first death from the disease was reported Friday. The head of the National Guard in Arizona, Major General Michael McGuire, said the operation is still largely in the planning phase and more guardsmen will probably hit the streets next week. The Guard activation was one of several decisions Ducey made Thursday as he intensified his response to the virus outbreak under growing pressure to take more assertive action.