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States Where Recently Reopened Bars and Dining Rooms Are Closing Again

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The number of coronavirus cases in Arizona quadrupled between mid-May, when Governor Doug Ducey rescinded his stay-at-home order, and late June. As a result, some Arizona restaurants voluntarily closed their dining rooms again, and Ducey forced some Scottsdale bars and restaurants to shutter, labeling them “bad actors” for not adhering to safety guidelines. On June 30, the governor went further, mandating the temporary shuttering of all bars and nightclubs at least until the end of July.

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On July 13, following a spike in COVID-19 cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom reversed earlier actions and closed all bars and wineries, and banned all indoor restaurant dining.

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In late May, Colorado reopened restaurants, along with bars that serve food, with capacity limitations. On June 19, all bars, even those with no food, were permitted to resume service. After an increase in COVID-19 cases, however, bars that don’t serve food were ordered closed again on June 19, at least until the end of July.

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As of June 26, bars — which had previously been allowed to resume service — were closed again as the pandemic raged across the state. On July 8, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez closed all indoor restaurant dining areas. In the Fort Lauderdale area, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry warned that she would close any county restaurant that flouted mask-wearing and/or social-distancing rules — for 24 hours for the first violation and 72 hours for each additional one.

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All previously reopened bars and nightclubs in Ada County, home to Boise, the state’s capital and largest city, were ordered to close again on June 15. Bar sections of restaurants are off limits, too. The turnabout followed reports that some 69 cases of COVID-19 had been linked to customers who had patronized Boise bars.

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