Bars, restaurants and other venues in Flagstaff to shut down amid coronavirus pandemic

Officials in the City of Flagstaff have ordered a number of businesses closed in the city as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to a statement issued Monday night, the proclamation, issued by Mayor Coral Evans, will take effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and will last until 11:59 p.m. on April 1. All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities and other similar businesses and establishments are banned from service food and beverages that will be consumed on-premise.

The businesses, according to the proclamation, will be encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery, window, drive-through or drive-up service.

In addition, bars, taverns, breweries, wineries, theaters, libraries, gyms and bowling alleys will be closed.

Violation of the emergency proclamation roder will result in a business being charged with a misdemeanor, which could result in a $1,000 fine.

Area businesses seeing impact

Collins Irish Pub is usually packed, but not on Tuesday. The pub has also cancelled its St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Owner Eddie Karner says customers have been supportive.

In Downtown Flagstaff, some restaurants have shut down their dining rooms and have shifted to a to-go model a few days ago.

Mayor Evans said she has fielded calls from frustrated business owners, and realizes the economic fallout that will result. However, she stands by her decision. 

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