With Cardinals training camp coming, Arizona moves toward a potential shutdown

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It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but it is. Two days before the first day of the month when training camps open, a state that hosts an NFL team is moving toward a shutdown.

Arizona governor Doug Doucey signed an order on Monday shutting down all “bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubings” for at least 30 days. This means that these measures will remain in place when the Cardinals convene for training camp on July 28.

Doucey hasn’t ruled out a complete shutdown of the state. The current national mood has swung sharply against a return to the extreme measures of March and April. Because, however, too few people have taken the virus seriously in May and June, that’s where things could be heading.

What it means for the Cardinals or any other team in any other state that may be heading in that direction remains to be seen. But it’s definitely not good news, and the vague sense of hope from the spring now seems quaint and naive as the Fourth of July approaches.

13 responses to “With Cardinals training camp coming, Arizona moves toward a potential shutdown

  1. Ignorant comment, schmamps. Regardless of how you feel about whether things should be shut down again, there is no question that going back to shelter-at-home and thereby reducing person-to-person contact will reduce the rate of spread. If your state is approaching the point where ICU beds are fully occupied, your state and local governments will have to decide whether to just let people die for the sake of the economy or not. Of course, the “let them die” contingent is going to try to frame things differently but that is what it comes down to. It’s a choice with no good options.

  2. The rest of the world shakes their heads. The blind stupidity of how the USA has handled this pandemic is downright mind-boggling.

  3. If you look at the new cases by county in Arizona, you’ll see that the highest concentrations of cases are in the southern counties. The same is true for all border states. Latin American countries are experiencing their peak right now. The cause of the spike in cases in Arizona is because people are going to Mexico and coming back with it or because people are coming from Mexico with it. Some people with covid are coming to the US specifically for medical care. Instead of shutting down the whole state again, they should be testing people who are crossing the border and setting up field hospitals there so they can keep the infected people isolated from the rest of the state. It’s fun to blame people going to bars instead of people protesting or people crossing the border, but it isn’t going to help stop the spread if you ignore where the cases are.

  4. I live in Phoenix. The infection count and death rate is very high here per capita. Like the rest of us, we are strongly hoping for NFL football this fall. Man, I dont know. If/when Covid starts wiping out big chunks of teams……..that’s gonna be hard to overcome. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  5. We’re blaming Mexico for US governors who failed to heed the advice of experts? In-credible.

  6. Hong Kong, a city of 9 million has very limited covid-19 deaths (like 7 total), and the infectious disease experts say its because almost everyone wears masks in public. It ain’t a political thing there, but a scientific one.

  7. Many of the states now experiencing a surge of infections had not met the criteria set out by the CDC and administration for reopening. Mask wearing was made political by this feckless administration which exacerbated the spread of the virus. If people think the economic impact was bad before wait and see what happens if states start making it mandatory to stay home again. I find it hard to believe there will be a football season this year.

  8. @t.linn: he’s reacting to a crisis with the tools he could have used to prevent it. I don’t see our views as incompatible.

  9. burchmt1 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Many of the states now experiencing a surge of infections had not met the criteria set out by the CDC and administration for reopening. Mask wearing was made political by this feckless administration which exacerbated the spread of the virus. If people think the economic impact was bad before wait and see what happens if states start making it mandatory to stay home again. I find it hard to believe there will be a football season this year.
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    You nailed this.

  10. Alternate plan ‘B’ for the Cardinals: Flagstaff (they used to have it here historically because of the heat) However, they might also begin considering plans C & D As well… Adapt!

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