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Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

Posted at 9:45 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 18:34:49-04

This story was first published on May 22, 2020. The Associated Press erroneously reported that Pima County dropped some state regulations intended to protect employees and customers. It was updated on May 24, 2020, to correct that the board actually voted to amend some of its own health code regulations.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The Pima County Board of Supervisors has dropped some state regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses reopen across Arizona.

The original regulations included occupancy limits, protective equipment requirements, social-distancing protocols and daily temperature checks.

However, the Arizona Restaurant Association, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and other business owners and community members raised concerns about the regulations, arguing they were unnecessary and burdensome.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Thursday to drop several requirements such as making restaurants have a call-ahead reservation system and having workers try to determine if a customer is ill with COVID-19.

The Arizona attorney general's office is investigating the changes.