Tucson City Council Passes “Symbolic” Curfew

The COVID-19 pandemic has left the streets of downtown Tucson free from traffic and small businesses in Pima County shuttered.

TUCSON – While there is no scientific evidence that the rate of COVID-19 transmission is affected by the time of day, the Tucson City Council on Tuesday voted to implement an overnight curfew starting Friday. The curfew will remain in place until at least December 23.

The vote raised questions for Arizona State Rep. Alma Hernandez, who tweeted, “I am confused about how mandatory curfew at 10 pm-5am will make a difference public health wise if everything will remain open?” Hernandez implied support for a shut down of businesses in Tucson, the fifth poorest metropolitan area in the country.

In late November, Pima County issued a Public Health Advisory calling for voluntary recognition of a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily through December 31.

Currently in Arizona, 99.3 percent of people that get COVID-19 survive and 98.87 percent of people over 65 years survive.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there is still adequate capacity in Arizona’s hospitals, although ICU bed availability has decreased over the past few weeks.

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