Havasu Fitness

A customer walks into Havasu Fitness on Monday. All gyms in Arizona, along with bars and public pools, were ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey to close for 30 days starting at 8 p.m. Monday night.

Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy said the executive order on Monday represented a significant change in terms of enforcement capabilities for cities.

Any business found in noncompliance is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $2,500 as well as the summary suspension of any license the business holds. For a bar, that means staying open could cost their liquor license.

“The enforcement capabilities were addressed in an earlier executive order, but there was nothing to enforce until today’s executive order that paused the operations in these particular industries,” Sheehy said. “The Governor was very specific in his guidance on what industries needed to pause their operation, and then he was very specific when it came to the bars by license number.”

Gov. Doug Ducey closed all bars and restaurants in March. He relented in early May, allowing sit-down dining at restaurants. Even then, however, he said that did not apply to bars.

But his administration relented, with the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control permitting any bar to open — and serve customers — as long as food was made available. That could include anything from snacks to a food truck parked outside.

The result has been some viral videos of bars packed full of patrons, with few wearing masks or social distancing.

As recently as Friday, Ducey was sticking by his decision to permit operation of bars even as Republican counterparts in Texas and Florida shuttered them. Instead, Ducey said he would crack down on those “bad actors’’ who did not follow proper health protocols and work to educate all operators about safe operation

The governor conceded that didn’t work out quite the way he planned, leaving him no option but to close down anything licensed as a bar, meaning any establishment where food sales account for less than 40 percent of revenues.

“When necessary, when needed, we will do what it take to get the job done,’’ Ducey said.

So why did it take six weeks to figure out that reopening bars was a mistake? The governor said it was all about providing clarity and guidance.

“We do want to open our economy,’’ he said. “We just want it to be safe and we want it to be successful.’’

Monday’s order also calls for gyms and fitness clubs, indoor movie theatres, and water parks to close up their operations.

“We will continue to monitor those specific businesses over that period of 30 days, but most certainly in the next several days as we gain compliance in this area.”

Sheehy said the Lake Havasu City Police Department is starting out with education, and will give businesses a warning if they are not in compliance, but fines and potentially taking away licenses will follow of the business refuses to follow the order.

“Now is the time. We are protecting the health and safety of our citizens and visitors,” Sheehy said. “We will be immediately taking action, but first educating, then providing a warning, then issuing a citation. This is a serious public health crisis that we are experiencing in Arizona and Lake Havasu City is going to do our part to help slow the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our citizens.”

Aquatic Center closed

In response to the executive order, City Manager Jess Knudson said Lake Havasu City will be shutting down the Aquatic Center once again, and suspend all indoor classes, programs and activities. The Aquatic Center had restarted swimming lessons for kids, and started allowing in person participation at its daily work out classes in June. Knudson said the city will continue to hold its workout classes every morning on Facebook live, as was done during the stay at home orders.

Knudson said the latest executive order is not expected to impact any of the city’s restroom facilities or parks.

Gyms and theaters closing again

Local gyms will feel the burn next month after Ducey’s announcement Monday afternoon.

With gyms scheduled to close by 8 p.m. Monday, Havasu Fitness manager Margaret Landis says the next 30 days will be difficult for employees as well as members.

“Like any business, it’s tough to be closed for a whole 30 days,” Landis said. “I understand why. But we reopened May 25 – our members were so happy to come back. And now they can’t. We’ve started sending messages to members and staff to let them know about the shut down.”

Havasu resident Jasmine Mathews visited Havasu Fitness with her boyfriend Monday, where the news came as a shock.

“I told him, ‘get your workout in, because it’ll probably be your last one for a while,” Mathews said. “I’m not for or against the shutdown … we’re here every other day. We’re very fortunate to have workout equipment at home. It’s going to suck, but other people aren’t so lucky.”

At Havasu’s Planet Fitness, Ducey’s order was the last straw for another gym-goer. She asked to be identified only as “Karen D.”

“I’m going to cancel my membership,” Karen said. “There’s no sense in keeping it if they’re not going to be open. I came to the gym a couple of times a week … I’ll just walk or work out from home now.”

At Havasu’s Star Cinemas, the projector flickered off a second time under order from the Arizona Governor’s Office. The theater reopened June 8, featuring classic films from the past four decades, but will now be forced to endure another closure until Aug. 17.

“We’ll shut down for another 30 days, but we’ll be right back up,” said General Manager Jenny DuPont. “We already have all of our precautions in place.”

According to DuPont, employees at the theater were able to endure the first shutdown, and can likely endure another one as Gov. Ducey seeks to curb the rising coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s out of our hands,” DuPont said. “There’s nothing we can really do.”

What the theater’s reopening will bring in August, however, remains to be seen. Newer films were scheduled for release in July, but DuPont says those releases have already been postponed three times due to the crisis.

Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services contributed to this report.


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If a person can't do without entering a bar or tavern until things chill they have other problems. "Lake Havasu City - a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem."

Mr Lemons

Shocking News For Senior Citizens? More like fear tactics and creating needless worry. There is no rationing of healthcare taking place at the moment.

"PHOENIX — At the urging of the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee, which is made up of representatives from across the Arizona’s health care system, i.e. doctors, Arizona has activated a guidance plan for health care professionals facing difficult decisions about how to ration dwindling resources as the number of COVID-19 patients climbs and hospital beds fill up.

During a press conference Monday, Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Arizona’s Crisis Standard of Care Plan went into effect that afternoon.

She said such plans – which address shortages in space, staffing, supplies and standards of care — have been activated in “a lot of states” and called it a proactive move.

“It gives the hospitals a framework that allows them to determine if they do get short on resources how they can allocate those,” she said. “The other thing that is done so it also gives their health care workers some liability protection as well."

This is a commonplace occurrence in disasters where there are lots of patients and triage takes place. You treat those that you can save first.



Beware of Covid-19 Downplaying, there is a shortage of medical professional right now in Arizona and without proper public health controls it is only going to get worse.

"Havasu - At the urging of Covid-19 deniers, which seems to be a large majority of tRUMP supporters here in Lake Havasu City, posters are sharing lists of deaths from other sources than Covid-19. It is an attempt to downplay the growing list of Americans that have died from the virus which authorities now put at between 127,000 to 130,000 American citizens... These American citizens, their families and friends do matter and are not just a number to be ignored or censored by the media. They are fellow Americans! During a press conference Monday, Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Arizona’s Crisis Standard of Care Plan went into effect that afternoon. Think about that for a second, would you want to be the doctors that have to make that decision about who gets treated and who doesn't? I wouldn't think so. “It gives the hospitals a framework that allows them to determine IF they do get short on resources how they can allocate those,” she said. “The other thing that is done so it also gives their health care workers some liability protection as well." Stop and ask yourself, why are we stretched so thin on medical supplies, medical professionals and room for patients? Is it because of decisions that have been made to ignore or downplay this pandemic? Was it inaction on the part of government officials who's primary purpose should be to protect the health and safety of the communities they serve? "This is a commonplace occurrence in disasters where there are lots of patients and triage takes place. You treat those that you can save first." Really, commonplace? Where? In third world countries? Is this what leadership here in America, Arizona and Lake Havasu City has done to America? Made us a third world country? One dead American is too much, don't let anyone deflect from the fact that our fellow Americans are dying from this pandemic...

Old lady



Shocking news for all senior citizens -

As if just dealing with COVID-19 on a daily basis is not bad enough, now our state has started health care rationing and it is truly frightening. Our “enlightened” state, home to millions of senior citizens, has decided to implement rules that will deny critical healthcare resources, such as ventilators, based on the likelihood of a patient living five years after surviving the coronavirus. For those of us classified as senior citizens this rule will result in our being denied care and even those of us with medical conditions other than COVID-19 can expect high rates of denied service compared to younger people. Essentially doctors’ following the rules that deprive patients necessary care will be immune from any legal liability for the death of the patient.


Is mayor Cal in the corner sucking his thumb yet, or has he decided to step up to the challenge? Nice guys finish last in this situation!


Better late than never! What brought about this turnaround? Perhaps no more visits from the Grand Poo Bah so the Governor don't have to impress anyone with his manhood and not wear a mask. And following him in lock-step is our Mayor finally stepping up to one of the biggest challenges to his office and doing something for the residents of this city that he has neglected for too long! But why do it half-a***d? I know . . . . . how foolish of me, we have a huge celebration weekend coming in the midst of this "surge", the grand re-opening of the Grand Canyon State! What about all those large groups of people with boats in the channel? What about those firework displays and the gatherings they attract? What about the park restrooms, those petri dishes? What about the park Ramada's that will be overflowing? What about the restaurants? I got it! We don't want to disappoint our neighbors from (Covid)fornia, 223,645++, 19,298 in the last 72 hours! We wouldn't want the "stay and play" place to refund money to patrons because they will have no place to eat or party! The out-of-state influx has already begun, roaming McCulloch, fast food joints and our shopping places in their bathing suits, Huarache's, tank tops . . . . sans masks! A last chance to "play like you mean it!" Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead!

Mr Lemons

STFD - I have a question. Why are all these (Covid)fornians virus-ridden if they are required to wear masks in California? They have an surge/increase in infections too and the LA mayor/county just shut down the beaches again and stopped fireworks shows for the weekend. On the other hand, nothing to stop protesters which are scheduled hot and heavy for the weekend. BTW, I wear a mask.

Objective Dialectic

Mr Lemons, my best guess is three-fold. 1) They can't seem to sit still (constantly traveling and visiting friends/family), 2) Although they are required to wear masks, I'm sure just like here, there are many that still refuse to, and 3) the protests brought large groups of people together especially in high-population places such as California. With all the Californians I've seen here (many of which not wearing masks), it wouldn't surprise me if the first two reasons above account for at least part of their state's recent spread. When you think of how many Californians we've seen here just since Memorial Day weekend, can you imagine how many have been to other popular tourist destinations in the same time frame?

Objective Dialectic

I also think a hug part of the problem with the spread of covid-19 has to do with the lack of consistency throughout the states. If all states followed the same guidelines, I don't think places like California or Arizona would have nearly as much of an uptick in cases. For example, California has taken the more strict approach to containing this virus, it's neighbor up north (Oregon) has also taken a more strict approach, but some of their other neighbors (i.e. Arizona or Southern Nevada [Las Vegas]) have taken the most lenient approaches possible. The problem with this is that residents of California become stir-crazy, and they look at their options of what they can do for their summer, and guess which options look the best? Options such as Arizona and Las Vegas become the destination highlight as they know they will be able to freely enjoy themselves without covid-related restrictions. Now if all the states followed one cohesive plan (whether strict or lenient), I believe that would help slow the spread. For example, if all states were more strict about travel, wearing masks, gathering in large groups etc., then there would be far less movement in general (this would probably be the most effective option), and if all states were more lenient like Arizona for example, although we would still see an increase in cases, I don't think it would be as severe as what we are seeing now because people wouldn't feel the need to 'flock' to other states just to enjoy themselves. I guess what I am trying to say is if all the states had a single, cohesive message, places like our beautiful home state wouldn't be getting slammed as hard as we are right now. Then again, these are just my thoughts and opinions.

Old lady



t might be a good time to reevaluate your priorities, if the worst thing that happens to you is the bar is closed. It might be a good time to go get tested, just in case you're the spreader. It might be a good time to learn how not to complain about everything. You're freedom is NOT at stake, your health is. It can take up to 60 days to recuperate from this illness, 30 days without a bar should be a walk in the park. Here's a thought, do a virtual bar, online. Drink and party down with your friends while distancing. Your life isn't over, it's just a hiccup, The economy will survive, but some us may not, let's try to save as many as we can. Forget the numbers, they are only numbers.


Good advise pegymo. I need to point out one thing though, a lot of survivors of Covid-19 are left with life long medical conditions. Only the lucky ones fully recover and 60 days would be a great recovery for some of them.

Old lady


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