Arizona suspends liquor licenses at Life Time

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control has suspended three licenses at two Life Time locations after they remained open in violation of Governor Doug Ducey's executive order.

According to a news release, the Life Time Biltmore location near 26th Street and Camelback Roads remained open after Ducey ordered the closure of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing amid rising COVID-19 cases in Arizona.

The suspensions involve the liquor-licensed locations of Life Cafe & Lounge and Rooftop Bistro.

"The club’s actions presented a risk to the community in furthering the spread of COVID-19, and with this, jeopardizing the health, safety, and welfare of the public," read a statement in the release.

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On July 2, the state Department of Liquor Licenses and Control announced the suspension of a license at the Life Time North Scottsdale location near the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road.

The department said the suspension involves the Life Cafe and Bistro.

"The decision to suspend the license at Life Cafe and Bistro was straightforward, as its ownership had demonstrated a continued willingness to violate the law, especially in light of having its licensed businesses at Life Time Biltmore suspended less than 24 hours earlier," read a statement in the news release.

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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
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  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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