Flagstaff shuts down bars, dine-in services, more
The order by Flagstaff City Mayor Coral Evans takes effect March 17 at 8 p.m. Evan’s proclamation states:
“All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities, and other similar businesses and establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverages for consumption on premises. Members of the public are prohibited from entering and remaining to dine or consume beverages. Businesses that typically offer food and beverages for on-premises consumption are instead encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery, window, drive-thru or drive-up service. If a business chooses to offer this type of “to-go” service, members of the public may remain on its premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders.”
The order also closes businesses serving alcohol on-premise, theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, libraries, museums, gyms, bingo halls, bowling alleys, and other recreational facilities.
Exemptions are convenience and grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks, cafeterias located in care facilities, shelters and places of worship. Vendors at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport are also excluded from the order.
Flagstaff began drive-through COVID-19 testing this week, though it’s uncertain if this is related to the abrupt decision.
This is a developing story.