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State Health Officials Release “Benchmarks” For Gyms, Bars And Theaters To Reopen

Arizona’s bars and gyms received guidelines on reopening Monday. State officials released benchmarks that will be used to determine when gyms, bars, theaters, water parks and tubing can be allowed to apply for permission to open. The benchmarks will be county by county and not by state numbers. They are similar to the guidelines released last week in regards to schools. When a county reaches the benchmark for “moderate” gyms can open at 25-percent of occupancy and theaters can reopen at 50-percent. Gyms can go to 50-percent when a county goes into “minimal.” For bars providing dine-in services, gyms and theaters, Coconino and Yavapai counties would meet all three requirements for “moderate,” but not “minimal.” “Moderate” is between 10-100 cases per 100-thousand people, between five-and-ten-percent positive and the same for COVID-like illness. “Minimal” is single digit cases, and under five-percent positive. Bars not operating as restaurants have to stay closed until three-percent positivity or lower. Once that happens, they can open to 50-percent capacity. All benchmarks must be met for 14-days, with a 12-day reporting lag period to move from a higher transmission phase to a lower one.

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