Ducey: Restaurants limited to 50 percent of capacity

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey conducted a press conference THursday where he announced a new executive order limiting dine-in restaurants to just 50 percent capacity.

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said a new executive order has been issued addressing one business sector — restaurants.

“Today there is a new executive order that will limit indoor dining to less than 50-percent occupancy. Occupancy is set by the fire code,” he said.

He also said the goal of getting children in the classroom Aug. 17 remains in place, though he said that could change depending on circumstances.

“I said, I think last week or the week before, it’s an aspirational date. We delayed it intentionally because of our situation right now in Arizona,” he said. “I’m listening to these superintendents. Our decisions to date have been informed by the superintendents and I know they talk regularly with the teachers and the principals and, of course, the parents.”

Ducey continued to recommend staying at home and wearing a mask when out of the home, but stopped short of mandating those steps.

He also said the state will increase testing, with the goal of reaching 35,000 tests per day by the end of July and 60,000 tests per day by the end of August.