City of Flagstaff

Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans has extended business closures for an indefinite period of time because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Her original proclamation stated the Flagstaff closures would end on April 1.   Extending the order on businesses puts Flagstaff under compliance with Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order on closures.


Economic analysts say the tourism and hospitality industries will likely be hit especially hard from the fallout of COVID-19. A recent report from the Brookings Institution lists Flagstaff as the 10th most vulnerable area in the country. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Melissa Sevigny

Local businesses are scrambling to cope after the City of Flagstaff announced widespread closures and restrictions as a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Restaurants and bars are now banned from serving food and drinks on their premises. Collins Irish Pub in downtown Flagstaff was preparing for their annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebration when the new restriction was announced. They’ll end the party early tonight at 8 p.m. when the 15-day restriction takes effect.

The City of Flagstaff has restricted service at restaurants and closed bars, theaters, fitness centers and other businesses over concerns about the spread of the new Coronavirus.

Flagstaff officials say the city may have to pay Arizona more than $840,000 over the next two years to cover the cost of having a higher minimum wage than the state.