Over the last few months, Arizonans have worked together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. From wearing masks, physically distancing, and limiting congregating — their efforts have been a success and a model for the country.
This responsible approach has resulted in three of our major counties progressing to the next phase of safely reopening. Based on current data, ADHS anticipates that Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties will be in the moderate range for business reopening when the Business Data Dashboard updates this Thursday, Aug. 27. This would allow certain establishments in these counties to reopen if they attest to complying with all requirements, including limiting occupancy and enforcing mask requirements. As such, the following message is being sent out today to indoor gyms, bars serving food, indoor theaters, and water parks/tubing operators that have submitted applications for approval to reopen in these counties.
Businesses not complying with the required mitigation measures will be subject to strict enforcement. The Department will continue to partner with local authorities, county health departments, and other state agencies to ensure proper compliance and protect the health and safety of customers and employees.
While this is promising news, we encourage all Arizonans to be vigilant, and continue practicing the proven COVID-19 prevention strategies. It is important that we continue to wear masks when in public, physically distance, and stay home when sick. These strategies will keep our metrics trending in the right direction.