Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said Sunday that the state of Arizona opened up too quickly and criticized the federal government’s response as Arizona battles the current highest infection rate per capita in the US.
“We opened way too early in Arizona,” Gallego told Martha Raddatz during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week”. “We were one of the last states to go to stay-at-home and one of the first to reemerge. And we reemerged at zero to sixty.”
Gallego, a Democrat in office since 2019, blamed the increase, in part, on “crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne” and not requiring face masks.
“I think when nightclubs were open, it sent the signal that we had, again, defeated COVID and, obviously, that is not the case,” Gallego said.
At the end of June, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, movie theaters, gyms, and water parks to shut down after they had been previously allowed to reopen, AZ Central reported.