Governor Ducey announces 50% limit for restaurant capacities, enhanced testing

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 09, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Ducey announced Thursday during a press conference that he’s ordering restaurants to limit capacity to less than 50%, something many other states have already enacted. This number will be based on fire code capacity.

The governor also announced “Project Catapult,” which will work to help Sonora Quest increase testing capacity and turnaround time for results.

“This partnership will enable Arizona to continue rapidly expanding testing across the state, helping ensure all Arizonans have access to affordable, available testing with speedy turnaround of results,” said Governor Ducey. “I’m grateful to Sonora Quest Laboratories, Euroimmun/PerkinElmer and the Arizona Department of Health Services for their innovative solutions to help protect the health and safety of Arizonans."

Ducey says Sonora Quest expects to be able to process 35,000 diagnostic tests per day by the end of July, and up to 60,000 tests per day by the end of August.

Watch the news conference live in the player below.