Multiple Scottsdale bars temporarily close in response to COVID-19 rise
Jun 26, 2020, 12:18 PM | Updated: 3:08 pm
(Facebook Photo/El Hefe Scottsdale)
PHOENIX — Multiple nightclub destinations in Old Town Scottsdale are closing their doors temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Maya Day and Night Club would be closed from Friday through at least the July 4th holiday in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County, according to a press release Friday.
Bottled Blonde Pizzeria, Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, Casa Amigos Tacos and Tequila, and Skylanes announced on social media they would be voluntarily closing. The establishments are all owned by Evening Entertainment Group. They did not specify when they would reopen but would continue to monitor the situation.
According to an ABC15 report, Riot Hospitality Group Spokesperson Lissa Druss said Riot House, El Hefe and Whiskey Row would be closed through Sunday to prevent large crowds from gathering.
On Wednesday, the Scottsdale Police Department charged Riot House with a class one misdemeanor on for failing to enforce its own safety and health policy as required under an executive order by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Police also said they were investigating other business in the area for similar offenses.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Doug Ducey said Riot House and seven other Scottsdale businesses have been sent final notice to comply by the Department of Liquor Licenses: Bottled Blonde, Pattie’s, Casa Amigos, El Hefe, International, Maya Day and Night Club and Hi-Fi.
“When we reopened the economy, I said that this is a green light to proceed, not a green light to speed,” Ducey said.
“And most Arizonans have been proceeding. But we have … had some speeding in the business community and we need to slow down.”
The Republican governor also said that there will be additional consequences for establishments that ignore health and safety guidelines.
“Businesses can enforce these [guidelines] themselves and continue to operation without interruption,” Ducey added.
“If they choose not to, there will be accountability and there will be enforcement and there will be more for bad actors.”