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Ducey orders restaurants to limit indoor dining to half capacity

Virus Outbreak Pence Arizona
Posted at 11:37 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:33:09-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a new executive order that takes aim at limiting indoor dining in Arizona.

The governor's executive order limits restaurants to 50% of the maximum occupancy listed in their fire code. The rule does not apply to outdoor dining, Ducey added.

Previous guidance to restaurants only recommended reduced capacity.

The governor announced the change at a Thursday news conference with Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs Director Major General Michael T. McGuire.

Thursday will mark 10 days since the governor's last media briefing on COVID-19.

Arizona also marked another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, as the state passed 2,000 confirmed deaths from the virus.

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