Arizona Health Department Tells 4 Fitness Studios to Close
The Arizona Department of Health Services has warned four Valley fitness studios that they must shut down their operations in defiance of state coronavirus policies.
On Wednesday, the AZDHS posted notices on the doors of the following businesses:
- Self Made Training Facility located at 14647 S. 50th Street.
- Tangible Fitness located at 1500 E. Thomas Road
- The Workshop Pilates located at 8240 N. Hayden Road
- Radi8 Hot Yoga located at 3950 E. Indian School Road
The notice informs the businesses that their failure to close violates an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Ducey on June 20 which required gyms to pause operations. In addition, the subsequent order issued July 23 which extended the operational pause.
AZDHS issued an emergency measure on Monday that provides a reopening phase plan for indoor fitness facilities. The businesses were also notified that their continued operations are in violation of this phased plan.
The reopening plan details for gyms to begin reopening, the counties in which they operate must reach a moderate spread of COVID-19 community transmission. That requires cases rates between 10-99 per 100,000 residents, a positivity rate between 5-10% and a COVID-like illness rate between 5-10% for two consecutive weeks.
In order to open, the process also involves the business complete an attestation form, which will be automatically approved for eligible facilities once their county numbers are in the required range.
While the numbers are currently trending in the right direction, Maricopa County currently has substantial community spread of COVID-19 and falls short of all three benchmarks.