Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office confirmed Wednesday that most businesses deemed nonessential under the state’s stay-at-home order will be allowed to reopen Saturday if they follow guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This includes movie theaters and tattoo parlors, neither of which were mentioned Tuesday when Ducey announced that he was letting his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order expire as scheduled at 11:59 p.m. Friday. Specific guidance will be distributed before then.
Some closures will remain in place for businesses and events where large groups gather.
That means bars will have to wait, as will concerts, festivals and sporting events with fans in attendance.
The state is working to develop guidance for any groups or industries that request it. That’s why the governor’s office issued guidance for churches even though they were never required to close.
In the past week, a variety of businesses – including hair salons, barbershops, retail stores and restaurants with dine-in service — have been cleared to resume operations if they follow physical distancing and enhanced sanitation guidelines.
Ducey also gave the green light to gyms, fitness centers and pools to reopen starting Wednesday if they take proper precautions.
During Tuesday’s announcement, Ducey pointed to a decrease in positive test result percentage, adequate hospital capacity and expanded testing numbers for reasons Arizona’s coronavirus response is ready to move into a new phase.
On Wednesday morning, the state health department reported totals of 12,176 COVID-19 cases and 594 deaths.
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