Phoenix City Council debates overruling mayor’s restaurant closure order

Posted at 9:26 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 12:41:49-04

Phoenix City Council met for nearly four hours Wednesday evening to discuss whether to confirm Mayor Kate Gallego’s order to close all Phoenix bars and restaurants and only allow takeout, drive-thru and delivery orders.

After hours in executive session, Council voted 8-1 to continue the discussion at noon Friday.

On Tuesday, Gallego declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of the coronavirus, forcing the immediate closure of bars and moving restaurants to delivery, takeout or drive-thru only.

While Gallego’s action mirrored those taken by other mayors and governors across the country in the midst of the pandemic, members of Council appeared to not be supportive.

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