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Mayor of Flagstaff forces closure of libraries, bars, gyms and other businesses due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 9:10 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:21:44-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — The Mayor of Flagstaff announced Monday night, the city is closing a number of businesses and establishments to members of the public effective March 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. through April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

In a press release, the Mayor said:

All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities, and other similar businesses and establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverages for consumption on premises.

Members of the public are prohibited from entering and remaining to dine or consume beverages. Businesses that typically offer food and beverages for on-premises consumption are instead encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery, window, drive-through or drive-up service.

If a business chooses to offer this type of “to-go” service, members of the public may remain on its premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders.

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In addition:

  • Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other similar businesses and establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues.
  • Libraries and museums.
  • Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, yoga and barre studios, and other similar facilities.
  • Bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.

According to the press release, the restrictions do not apply to any of the following:

  • Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores and other similar businesses and establishments that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption;
  • Pharmacies and drug stores;
  • Food banks and food pantries;
  • Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within health care facilities, nursing homes, shelters, group homes, places of worship, or similar facilities; and
  • Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within or on the premises of institutions of higher learning.
  • Vendors and concessionaires located within the Flagstaff Pullium Airport.

In addition, the City of Flagstaff downtown paid parking program (Park Flag) will be suspended.