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Arizona Gov. Ducey issues new rules for large events, when approved

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 13:17:14-05

PHOENIX — Large events in Arizona -- those with 50 people or more -- are still technically not allowed under executive orders issued by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; however, the Arizona Department of Health Services, cities, and towns can, and have, approved large events as long as COVID-19 safety protocols are implemented.

On Wednesday, Gov. Ducey amended his executive order and required that if an event is approved, the agency, town, or city that approved that event has to publicly announce on its website what COVID-19 safety measures would be put in place, and submit a copy to ADHS.

The order also requires cities and towns to provide reasonable measures of enforcement and requires an event's organizers to enforce those safety measures.

You can read the order, here.

Failing to do that could result in a class 1 misdemeanor, being declared a public nuisance, or being forced to close, according to the executive order.

The order does not apply to constitutionally protected events, such as protesting or going to church.

The City of Phoenix's City Council voted Wednesday, 7-2, to cancel all sports reservations and tournaments at Phoenix-owned facilities between Dec. 3, 2020 and February 2021, one of its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Phoenix-owned sports complexes and basketball courts and volleyball courts at Phoenix parks would also be closed on Thursday, Dec. 3, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department confirmed. Ramadas, picnic tables, and fitness equipment would also be closed.

Hiking trails, golf courses, and other park amenities would remain open.