Former Arizona health boss: Compliance needed from bars, clubs

Will Humble, who now serves as the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad that bars and nightclubs need an accountability measure to help make sure Arizona doesn’t become another COVID-19 hotspot upon reopening./ ‘lafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP

By Danny Shapiro | KTAR

Arizona’s former health director said Tuesday the state needs a compliance system in order to ensure businesses that are likely to be allowed to reopen soon don’t contribute to another spike in coronavirus cases.

Will Humble, who now serves as the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad that bars and nightclubs need an accountability measure to help make sure Arizona doesn’t become another COVID-19 hotspot upon reopening.

Indoor gyms, bars/nightclubs, indoor theaters, water parks and tubing operators in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties are likely to begin resuming business operations soon with the expectation of meeting the moderate range for reopening following Thursday’s dashboard update.

 “If we open the bars and nightclubs without that compliance system in place, I guarantee you we will be back at June 1.7, not June 2.0,” Humble said.

Arizona skyrocketed in coronavirus cases in June after the state reopened in mid-May.

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