KINGMAN – Calico’s, in downtown Kingman, has once again fallen victim to the effects of COVID-19.
According to a Facebook post, the restaurant will be closing their doors on July 7. “We Surrender… Due to the HUGE drop in revenue coupled with the HUGE rise in food costs and added expenses for sanitation as well as the HUGE spike in positive cases… we are faced with no choice.” The post went on to read, “Notice to all of our valued guests… We tried… but… It has become impossible to stay afloat on this COVID boat so we are going to SURRENDER… AGAIN😢 Stay tuned & we will keep you updated… Until we see you again… “Stay Safe”😷”
Restaurants across Arizona have been impacted by the virus since March. The effects on restaurants began March 16, when President Donald Trump presented the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” plan that discouraged people from eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts. It also encouraged people to use other alternatives, such as drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to increase, several mayors closed dine-in options in their towns. Some of these cities that implemented closures include Sedona, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson.
On March 19, Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-09. The order restricted on-site dining in counties that had confirmed cases on COVID-19. Four days later, Executive Order 2020-12 further extended the restrictions on restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food for only off-site consumption.
While the number of cases continued to increase in Arizona, Ducey issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order on March 30. It lasted the entire month of April. While restaurants were considered an essential service, many were forced to close due to the lack of revenue being generated from curbside and delivery options.
Under the governor’s reopening plan, restaurants were allowed, on May 11, to open their on-site dining options at reduced seating capacity.
Restaurants were beginning to reopen when Ducey issued a week-long statewide curfew because of riots and looting in some of the major cities of Arizona. The curfew lasted from May 31 to June 8, once again, impacting restaurants.
By June 17, the number of cases in Arizona had reached 40,924, with 1,239 deaths. According to the Arizona Department of Health, the numbers continued to grow. Ducey issued new guidance allowing local governments to implement mask and face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures. The guidance allows local authorities to tailor mitigation efforts specific to the local public health need.
City of Kingman Mayor Jen Miles issued a proclamation requiring every person in the city, ages six and over, to cover their nose and mouth upon entering places of business that serve the public. This proclamation went into effect on July 1, and expires on August 1.
As the pandemic continues, only time will tell what the future holds for the businesses and restaurants in small towns.