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Chandler pub forced to close for violating coronavirus compliance

Sep 7, 2020, 2:01 PM
(Arizona Department of Health Services Photo)...
(Arizona Department of Health Services Photo)
(Arizona Department of Health Services Photo)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services forced a Chandler pub to close immediately Monday for allegedly violating the state’s coronavirus reopening guidelines.

Rick’s Pub and Grub, located near Ray and Rural roads, was issued a notice of closure for non-compliance. The department believed the location was jeopardizing public health.

The establishment must close until it is permitted to reopen by AZDHS.

Last week, the department issued notices of non-compliance to other bars in the metro Phoenix area like Bottled Blonde, Casa Amigos and Glow Shots and Cocktails for also violating the guidelines.

Gyms, bars operating as restaurants, theaters, water parks and tubing operators in Maricopa County were allowed to reopen Aug. 27 after the county met the business benchmarks to move into moderate spread stage.

The moderate spread range is defined as 10-100 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, a PCR test positive percentage rate of 5-10% and a rate of hospital visits for COVID-like illness of 5-10%.

The department requires businesses to submit an attestation form before they reopen, saying they agree to follow the reopening guidelines.

AZDHS has set up an online form where people can report businesses who might be in violation of reopening protocols.

On Friday, AZDHS Director Dr. Cara Christ told The Mike Broomhead Show on KTAR News 92.3 FM the department had already received more than 1,200 complaints that the department is investigating.

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Chandler pub forced to close for violating coronavirus compliance