/ Modified may 20, 2020 10:16 a.m.

Pima County supervisors to revise controversial restaurant rules

Business owners lined up Tuesday to complain about the new rules.

Pima County supervisors will revisit a list of business regulations they approved last week, after hearing from an assortment of unhappy business people on Tuesday. The new rules are geared toward reopening the economy safely.

Tuesday morning was the first time in months that audience members were allowed to address the Board of Supervisors in person. Many vented their anger over regulations the board passed less than a week earlier. Sam Alboy, owner of Mama's Hawaiian Barbecue, asked the board to "step back, take a breath, repeal this list, until you have sound practices."

Restaurant owners bristle at having to post their cleaning logs online, setting up hand sanitizing stations or requiring all guests to make reservations. They say the rules don't fit every situation, inconvenience everyone involved and invite lawsuits. Republican Supervisor Ally Miller agreed.

"We should be cheerleading the reopening of our community instead of putting burdensome regulations, and we heard it here today," Miller said.

Miller couldn't convince the rest of the board to repeal the new rules, but the board did agree to rewrite some parts of them and hold a special meeting Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. to vote on the changes.

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