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Arizona reports 374 new coronavirus cases, 23 more deaths

August 31, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A bar near Arizona State University became the third establishment to have its liquor license suspended over the weekend for violating requirements to reopen under coronavirus protocol.

Arizona State Health Department officials issued an order Sunday immediately closing Glow Shots & Cocktails on Mill Avenue in Tempe.

The state issued non-compliance notices Saturday to Bottled Blonde and Casa Amigos, ordering the popular bars in Old Town Scottsdale to immediately close.

The bars were in violation of social distancing, masking, dancing, standing and table occupancy limitations in Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order issued June 29, authorities said.

Bottled Blonde and Casa Amigos had filed applications to reopen under the state’s released benchmarks indicating when businesses could reopen in Arizona once counties met the “moderate” stage.

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State health officials said Maricopa County and two others met that stage on Thursday.

Once counties reach the moderate stage, bars that are approved by the health department can offer dine-in restaurant service at 50% capacity. The use of masks is also required at all times by staff and customers within the business except while actively eating or drinking.

“Detectives will continue to enforce public health orders and take immediate actions against licensees who are observed showing general disregard for the welfare and safety of others,” Department of Liquor Director John Cocca said a statement.

Casa Amigos and Bottled Blonde will remain closed until the state health department grants permission to reopen.

Meanwhile, Arizona health officials reported 374 additional confirmed coronavirus cases and 23 more known deaths as of Sunday.

With those figures, Arizona has now had a total of 201,661 coronavirus cases since the pandemic started and at least 5,030 fatalities.

Of the case total, more than 130,000 have occurred in Maricopa County.

In general, the number of coronavirus infections is thought to be higher because many people have not been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.

For most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a few weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.