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Tucson businesses not deemed ‘essential’ ordered to close for 3 weeks

Mar 27, 2020, 8:11 PM | Updated: Mar 29, 2020, 3:11 am
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PHOENIX — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero set new restrictions in place for the city Friday night.

Romero signed a proclamation ordering businesses not deemed essential to close at 8 a.m. on Saturday, calling for a shutdown across the city through April 17.

Romero also strongly advised some businesses Gov. Doug Ducey deemed essential, such as hair and nail salons, spas, barber shops and other “personal hygiene services” shut down for the same timeframe.

“Although the Governor’s Executive Order defines these businesses as ‘essential,’ I am recommending that they close because they involve human interactions that conflict with CDC guidance on social distancing,” Romero said in a tweet.

On Monday, Ducey outlined an expansive list of essential services that cities and counties are prohibited from shuttering. His action came after mayors took the lead in closing bars and gyms and prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants.

The decision to shut down the city comes after state officials reported 665 new cases Tuesday morning, up from 508 the previous morning. There is a total of 102 in Pima County, where Tucson is located.

There are also 13 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Arizona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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