Flagstaff To Restrict/Close Restaurants, Bars And Gyms To Slow Coronavirus Spread
Flagstaff Mayor, Coral Evans, issued a proclamation Monday to close or restrict operations at a number of businesses, including restaurants, bars and fitness centers. The restricitons go into effect today, March 17th, at 8 p.m. and are expected to continue through Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.
The proclamation states that "all restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities and other similar businesses and establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverage for consumption on premises." It goes on to encourage those businesses to offer food and beverage delivery service and walk-up/drive-up to-go service. Customers may remain outside on premises for the purpose of picking up food or beverage orders.
Also included in the closure/restritions are theaters, libraries, museums, fitness centers, yoga studios, bowling alleys, bingo halls, climbing gyms and other similar facilities.
Not included in the closure/restrictions are grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies, drug stores, food banks and pantries, cafeterias in health care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, places of worship and similar facilities, vendors and consessionaires located within the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.
The closure/restrictions follow national calls for "social distancing" and "self-quarantine" in order to slow the spread of the potentially deadly Coronavirus, Covid-19.