Pima County Votes To Drop Certain Business Safety Requirements

By Harry Croton
Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 6:20am
Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 9:06am

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted last week to drop some of the safety requirements adopted by the county to protect consumers against the coronavirus.

The move comes after business owners argued the rules were too burdensome.

The supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of amending the health code regulations. They dropped a rule that required restaurants to implement call-ahead reservations and one that forced workers to try to determine if a customer has COVID-19.

The board also voted to ease guidelines involving protective coverings and to remove a $500 violation fine.

Several restaurant and brewery owners had argued that the rules were unnecessary and too difficult to follow.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is investigating all of Pima County’s regulations. The Attorney General's Office wants to ensure the rules don’t violate Gov. Doug Ducey’s restrictions on local ordinances that are inconsistent with state guidelines.

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