Ducey Reinstitutes Closures of Certain Businesses Amid Coronavirus

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey yesterday, June 29, issued an executive order that closes bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing until at least July 27. The order went into effect at 8 o'clock last night to help stem the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Arizona.

The order also delays the start of the next school year until at least Aug. 17. Ducey also banned gatherings of more than 50 people, but churches and political rallies are exempt.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Skyrocket in Arizona

As of this morning, June 29, there are now 7,568 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 74,533 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,588 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.

Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Bighorn Fire Surpasses 107,000 Acres and Heavy Winds Are Expected Today

The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 107,099 acres (168 square miles) and is 45 percent contained.

Today's firefighting efforts are expected to be challenging since there's a Red Flag Warning in effect, with wind speeds of up to 30 mph possible. There are nearly 1,100 people assigned to the fire.