It’s Memorial Day Weekend and while parks and waterways may be open, health and tourism officials in western Arizona have recommended to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

In Lake Havasu City, officials are expecting a large influx of visitors and the mayor tells KAWC it can be done safely.

Yuma County Public Health District

Yuma is among the U.S. cities where a rise in COVID-19 cases may be coming soon, according to a recent study by The New York Times.

The City of Yuma is hosting a drive-in movie night over Memorial Day weekend for residents to enjoy time out while at a safe distance. 

Ticket sales have sold out for the Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24, and Monday May 25 showings. 

For those who are going to the weekend event at Desert Sun Stadium, the City of Yuma has updated the times for the evening night showings. 

Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. with the requested arrival time being 8:10.

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
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By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
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