Many Arizona businesses to keep COVID-19 rules despite Ducey’s order

Brahm Buck

Many businesses in Arizona on Thursday said they would continue to implement safeguards including mask requirements and social distancing even as Gov. Doug Ducey gave them the OK to stop doing so. The governor’s order to lift remaining restrictions intended to stem the spread of COVID-19 allows businesses to decide […]

Many businesses in Arizona on Thursday said they would continue to implement safeguards including mask requirements and social distancing even as Gov. Doug Ducey gave them the OK to stop doing so.

The governor’s order to lift remaining restrictions intended to stem the spread of COVID-19 allows businesses to decide how to proceed. Most of those contacted by The Arizona Republic indicated they would move forward with caution, keeping requirements and plexiglass barriers in retail locations, along with encouraging employees to get the vaccine.

Cities and counties across Arizona enacted mask mandates last summer as the state experienced a spike in cases. Those mask requirements are no longer enforceable, except for in government buildings and public transportation, according to the governor’s order, though some city leaders dispute that.

Businesses including Fry’s and Safeway, along with some small establishments, said they plan to keep the rules in place, however. Many Arizonans have gotten used to wearing masks and likely won’t discard them overnight, either.

But mask enforcement could be tougher without the shield of local mandates.

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