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Arizonans rush to the bars, but remain cautious

Posted at 9:06 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 13:29:17-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Bars and clubs at Old Town Scottsdale were packed with customers Saturday night, and the party continued Sunday with lines to get into Casa Amigos, Bottled Blonde and Maya, where social distancing was treated like the guideline it is.

Governor Doug Ducey emphasized the continuation of social distancing when speaking to the media last week.

"Continue to practice social distancing," said Governor Ducey. "That's what's going to be important going forward so we can continue to return smarter and stronger."

Some people visiting Old Town were still cautious about going into packed bars.

"We're only going in the places that don't have as many people in them," said Jessica Hogan.

"I'm wearing a mask when I'm inside," said Cat Lactaoen. "They may not be scared, but I'm kind of scared. Being very socially aware of the fact that the coronavirus is a serious thing."

Maya Nightclub has made some provisions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as hand sanitizer stations, limited capacity and hourly cleaning of tables and bar tops.

The CDC's advice for bars and restaurants reopening includes maintaining social distancing and limiting group sizes.