Flagstaff restricts restaurants, shutters other businesses

Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 16:06:03-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flagstaff has restricted service at restaurants and closed bars, theaters, fitness centers and other businesses over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Coral Evans issued a proclamation that puts the restrictions and closures into effect late Tuesday. She says it's necessary to protect life and property in the city of about 70,000 people about two hours north of Phoenix.

After her announcement, officials announced that northern Arizona's first coronavirus case was reported in Navajo County.

Phoenix and Tucson have not issued formal business closure proclamations but numerous restaurants and bars there have shut down or converted to take-out only.