Arizona orders bars and gyms to close for at least 30 days

Arizona bars and gyms will close again for at least 30 days amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, Governor Doug Ducey (R) announced Monday.

Ducey ordered the month-long hiatus, which also affects movie theaters, water parks and tube rentals, to take effect at 8 p.m. Monday.

The governor also bans gatherings of more than 50 people, effectively stopping major events before July 4.

The first day of school for in-person learning will also be delayed until August 17, according to the governor’s announcement.

Arizona health officials reported 3,858 more confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the highest number of reported cases in a single day in the state and the seventh time in the last 10 days that daily cases exceeded 3,000, according to The Associated Press.

Several states have taken steps to halt or reverse their reopening plans amid new COVID-19 peaks, particularly in the south and west.

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued a similar order to close bars and control the capacity allowed in restaurants, saying he regrets moving so soon with the reopening of the state.