The state of Arizona’s stay-at-home order will expire on Friday as the state implements ‘Phase 1’ reopening. The Colorado River Indian Tribes order remains in effect.
Dine-in restaurants, pools and gyms, spas, salons and barber shops can all now legally open their doors to the public with CDC guidance around social distancing. This Saturday, major league sports can resume limited reopening too, without fans at first.
Governor Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that his ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected’ order will be allowed to expire this Friday, and will be replaced by an order he calls, ‘Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger’. It contains new guidance for the next stage of reopening.
“Since the start of this pandemic, Arizona has taken a calm and steady approach to protecting health and slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “It is time to move forward with the next steps of Arizona’s economic recovery — while continuing to make health and safety our number one priority.”
Ducey’s question and answer time with reporters was lively, with reporters asking who will be responsible for enforcing compliance with the new guidelines in establishments that are failing to implement them effectively. Ducey said that law enforcement agencies would be responsible, but emphasized that most establishments have been very responsible during the lockdown and enforcement should be based on education and a “lighter touch.”
Beginning Monday, La Paz County offices will be resuming normal business hours of 7am to 6pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, according to a County press release. Departments will be operating under the new guidelines given by the state and continuing to practice physical distancing is recommended.
The Arizona Department of Health Services released guidance for businesses and customers as more industries resume partial operations. This guidance includes:
- Pools, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation (GUIDANCE)
- Gyms & Fitness Providers, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation (GUIDANCE)
- Spas, with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation (GUIDANCE)
- While never formally closed, many places of worship opted to temporarily change or suspend services in order to follow physical distancing guidelines. As they resume operations, the Arizona Department of Health Services released GUIDANCE for enhanced physical distancing and safety precautions.
Read the Governor’s executive order HERE.