Mayor Mark Mitchell coronavirus proclamation

Mayor Mark Mitchell signs proclamation to order closure of Tempe bars. 

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell is ordering bars, recreational and entertainment venues to close starting tonight at 8 p.m. That also includes in-restaurant dining. Delivery and curbside pickup are still allowed.

Recreational and entertainment venues include movie theaters, comedy clubs, bowling alleys, arcades and similar businesses.

In additions, gyms, fitness centers, and workout studios in Tempe will have to close at 1 p.m. today.

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It's not clear how long the mandated closures will be in place.

“This decision was made by me after careful consultation with experts and consideration of the various views of many local residents and business owners,” Mitchell said. “This is a very serious matter and, while it is a difficult decision, I must consider the health and safety of community members in Tempe and beyond. We must take active steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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For more information about the city’s response to coronavirus, visit tempe.gov/coronavirus.

For questions about closures, call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311.

Tempe is one of several Arizona cities and towns to declare a state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to prevent the spread of the virus and protect those who are especially vulnerable, including the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.

Yesterday, the City declared "an extraordinary local emergency citywide," but the mayor's proclamation did not come until today.

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