Capo Pizzeria

ADHS issued the closure notice to Il Capo Pizzeria, located near Shea Blvd. and Scottsdale Road, on Nov. 17.

The Arizona Department of Health Services shut down a Scottsdale pizzeria last week for violating state health and safety rules designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

ADHS issued the closure notice to Il Capo Pizzeria, located near Shea Blvd. and Scottsdale Road, on Nov. 17.

The department alleged the restaurant violated a number of requirements included in executive orders by Gov. Doug Ducey when he allowed restaurants to reopen earlier this year.

According to an ADHS report, a department investigator witnessed violations of 12 safety requirements on Nov. 13, including a failure to enforce mask-wearing by staff or customers.

Maricopa County’s mask mandate remains in effect in Scottsdale even through the city rescinded its own mandate in September.

Additionally, the state requires restaurant patrons to enforce mask usage by employees and customers even if there is no local or county mask mandate in place, according to the report.

Other violations included a failure by the restaurant to supply adequate soap, hand sanitizer or other hygienic items for employees and near entrances to the restaurant, restrooms and employee workspaces.

The ADHS investigation also found that the restaurant did not enforce physical distancing between customers and some were not seated at least six feet apart from other tables.

State rules require restaurants to “implement and enforce physical distancing precautions that maintain more than 6 feet between guests who do not live in the same household,” according to the report.

The report also showed Il  Capo failed to clearly mark six feet of spacing at entrances, waiting areas and other parts of the restaurant. 

Il  Capo owner James Rana did not respond to a request for comment.

According to ADHS, Il Capo must remain closed until the department grants it permission to reopen.

Failure to close could result in civil or criminal penalties.