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Arizona Restaurants Reopen Dining Rooms

Restaurants in Arizona can reopen their dining rooms, after weeks of only being able to offer carryout and delivery service.

Restaurants will not be able to seat parties of more than 10. And there must be at least six feet between tables. Those and other guidelines were announced May 4 by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

In Somerton, city officials met with restaurant owners on Friday to outline safety measures and hand out N95 face masks that had been donated to the city.

“We’re going to try it and see how it goes for a week," Martin Porchas, an owner at the 85350 sports bar in Somerton, told KAWC. "Obviously, at half capacity, it’s hard to maintain a business at that level so we’ll see how it does.”

Barbershops and beauty salons were allowed to reopen Friday, with increased safety measures in place.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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