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Pima County to vote on closing gathering places

Toughest restrictions so far
Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 22:30:43-04

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. — Pima County Supervisors will consider the area's toughest restrictions yet in response to the coronavirus.

Supervisors will meet at 9 AM Thursday to consider granting Chair Richard Elias emergency powers, they will also vote on whether to impose an emergency order to require restaurants to stop all dine-in service and offer take-out or delivery only.

The City of Tucson imposed similar restaurant and bar restrictions as of 8pm Tuesday but Pima County's proposed restrictions would go farther.

Supervisors will also consider whether to close all theaters, museums, fitness centers and similar facilities, bingo halls and bowling alleys.

Restrictions would not apply to grocery stores, food banks and pharmacies.

If approved, restrictions would apply just to unincorporated parts of Pima County. They would take effect at 8pm Thursday and continue through March 31st.