See the top 5 non-coronavirus-related stories from 2020 in the Phoenix area

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Though many stories Community Impact Newspaper reported on this year involved the coronavirus pandemic, other news was happening, too. Here are the top five non-COVID-19-related stories from 2020 in Chandler and Gilbert.

Statewide

Jan. 1 marks first day Arizonans can get pulled over for phone use while driving

Beginning in the new year, Arizona drivers will be subject to a new law prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving.

Chandler



Arizona Department of Transportation announces restrictions, closures on Loop 101

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler as construction crews work to add a travel lane in each direction on a stretch of the freeway.

4 recently closed Chandler businesses

Here are four businesses that have recently closed in Chandler.

Gilbert

5 businesses that have closed in Gilbert

Here are five businesses that have recently closed in Gilbert

3 restaurants opening and 1 closing in Gilbert

Two restaurants have opened in the past week in Gilbert. This weekend, one more stands to open, and another is set to close.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.