Ducey says dine-in service can resume at restaurants in Arizona on May 11

May 4, 2020, 3:40 PM | Updated: 6:01 pm

(KTAR News Photo/Peter Samore)...

(KTAR News Photo/Peter Samore)

(KTAR News Photo/Peter Samore)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday announced that restaurants can begin resuming dine-in service on a limited basis on May 11.

Ducey said restaurants and coffee shops will only be able to operate with limited occupancy and with built-in social distancing precautions as the state continues to fight off the coronavirus.

Parties will be limited to no more than 10 people while more comprehensive sanitation techniques and employee guidelines will be implemented, Ducey said.

“This is a safe and good option at this time and they will have a full week in which to prepare,” Ducey said at a press conference.

Ducey released a full list of recommendations in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for restaurants and customers upon reopening.

For customers, Ducey recommends dining during off-peak hours, using touchless pay methods and avoiding dine-in for the most at-risk populations.

Additional restaurants guidelines include implementing a symptom screening system for employees prior to the start of a shift and considering offering masks to wait staff and hosts.

The plan for the reopening of dining rooms comes after Ducey on Wednesday extended the state’s “stay-at-home” order until May 15.

Ducey said then that he was in the process of putting a plan in place to help reopen dine-in service in a limited capacity some time in May.

“We expect our dining rooms to fill up rather quickly,” Steve Chucri, president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, said Monday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad.

Restaurants across the states have only been operating via drive-thru and take-out options since mid-March.

The move forced restaurants to close and lay off staff because of budget shortfalls.

Some restaurants in the state even began ignoring Ducey’s order, opting to allow dine-in service before the order expired.

The Horseshoe Cafe in Wickenburg opened for dine-in business last week because the owner, 65-year-old Debbie Thompson, said it couldn’t survive two more weeks of only take-out as an option.

Normally the restaurant makes $700 to $900 a day. In the last six weeks, it has been lucky to make $100 a day, she said.

“I’m a widow trying to do my best here,” Thompson said.

Arizona had reported 8,919 cases of coronavirus and 362 deaths as of Monday morning.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

File photo of a Phoenix police cruiser at a crime scene....

1 man killed, 2 others critically injured in west Phoenix shooting

Police are investigating a shooting incident that left one person dead and two others in critical condition in west Phoenix on Wednesday.

2 hours ago

(KTAR News Photo)...

KTAR News anchor Jayme West reads to 3rd graders as part of ‘Read to the Final Four’

KTAR News anchor Jayme West read to third graders at Glenn F. Burton Elementary School as part of a Final Four challenge.

3 hours ago

road closed sign...

US 93 reopened after crash closed highway in both directions near Wickenburg

U.S. 93 was closed in both directions near Wickenburg on Wednesday night, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

4 hours ago

Randall Bird, 46, is accused of having sex with a corpse at a Phoenix hospital. (MCSO Mugshot)...

Hospital security guard in Phoenix accused of sexual misconduct with dead body

A hospital security guard in Phoenix was arrested Tuesday after being accused of sexual misconduct with a dead body, authorities said.

6 hours ago

Antonio Alvarez is the subject of a Silver Alert issued out of Phoenix on Nov. 28, 2023....

Subject of Silver Alert found dead in Avondale a week after last being seen

A subject of a Silver Alert was found dead in Avondale on Tuesday, a week after he had last been seen in the Valley.

7 hours ago

Tempe has begun testing its wastewater for common viruses, such as influenza. (Pexels Photo)...

Tempe starts testing wastewater for common viruses, including influenza

Tempe has begun testing its wastewater for common viruses, such as influenza, and vector-borne diseases.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(KTAR News Graphic)...

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

Follow @KTAR923...

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University: innovating Arizona health care education

Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus near Loop 101 and 59th Avenue is an established leader in health care education and one of Arizona’s largest and most valuable health care resources.

Ducey says dine-in service can resume at restaurants in Arizona on May 11