Mayor Regina Romero mandates closure of “places where people congregate”

The order is the first official notice from the city regarding a closure of restaurants to the public .

On Tuesday, March 17, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued the following statement via Twitter:

In an effort to clarify specifics, another tweet was sent, assuring that restaurants can remain open for to-go and delivery.

Just moments later, the original tweet was deleted.

It is not clear how the mandate, which is to remain in effect until the end of March, will remain enforced. Also unclear is what kinds of fines businesses face for ignoring the mandate.

The novel coronavirus and COVID-19, as of this writing and according to The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS), has sickened 20 people, 4 of whom reside in Pima County. There have been no reported deaths in Arizona and 221 people have been tested.

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