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Ducey orders in-door dining facilities to be limited to 50% occupancy amid Arizona’s COVID-19 spike

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Gov. Doug Ducey orders an executive order to require in-door dining establishments to have less than 50 percent occupancy Thursday afternoon.

Back on June 17, the governor announced that he will allow local governments to craft their own policies for face mask and coverings requirements for their communities.

Several major communities including Tucson and Phoenix mandated the use of masks while in public.

The state continued to see a massive spike in cases prompting Ducey to release an executive order to close all bars, indoor gyms, fitness centers, fitness clubs, movie theaters, water parks and tubing in the state only about a month after lifting the state's first COVID-19 lockdown, which was in place March 31 from May 15.

According to the new executive order, these restaurants are required to "operate at less than 50 percent of the permitted fire code occupant load" and implement a six-feet of separation between separate parties starting 10 p.m. Saturday.

The order also requires buffets, cafeteria style and self-serve food bars to cease business at this time.

Also in the order, Ducey said Arizona will launch "Project Catapult" that aims to dramatically increase testing in the state.

The governor's order came after Arizona was determined to lead the world in new coronavirus cases in the last seven day by a study by Johns Hopkins University.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 4,057 additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the overall total to  112,67.

Arizona also reported 75 more known deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday. There has been 2,038 known deaths related to virus, overall.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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