Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) said Thursday that he had passed a regulation that would limit the capacity of indoor dining to 50 percent to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“The goal here is if you eat inside to make sure that as few people as possible are in this house,” Ducey said at a press conference on Thursday.
Ducey said he placed the order in consultation with the restaurant industry.
The decision is made because there is an increase in coronavirus cases in Arizona. Ducey said there was a “rapid increase” in coronavirus cases in June after the state lifted its home stay order in mid-May.
In late June, Ducey closed bars and gyms for at least 30 days to mitigate the spread of the virus. Since the closure of such deals, the governor has reduced the number of new cases to a plateau.
“We are seeing some progress in Arizona, we need to see more. We simply cannot let up, ”added the governor.
He also encouraged residents to stay at home if possible.
“This is a good excuse for any excuse your friends spoke about on Netflix to watch, watch again, or resume your reading habit, any excuse you can find to stay at home,”
He also encouraged residents to keep physical distance and wear face cover whenever possible. The governor said last month he would allow local governments to require face masks to be worn in public, but he has not issued a nationwide face covering requirement.
Many state and local administrators have ordered people to wear face masks in increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.