As of Monday, the Arizona Department of Health Services approved 103 applications and rejected 202, including Mountainside Fitness. (Photo: Mountainside Fitness)
Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this article should have included Cochise and La Paz counties among those counties that the Arizona Department of Health Services rates in the yellow, or “moderate” category, of COVID-19 spread.
Arizona health officials on Monday denied an application from Scottsdale-based Mountainside Fitness to reopen even as it gave the green light to a handful more gyms and a bar to reopen with limited capacity.
Mountainside led a lawsuit against Gov. Doug Ducey and the Department of Health Services challenging the June 29 order to close certain businesses to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The judge, in that case, decided that the DHS and governor must give the businesses an opportunity to reopen. DHS did that two weeks ago with a complex