Governor Doug Ducey announced amendments today to the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order that placed a stay at home order on residents and curtailed business operations across the state. While the executive order from Ducey scheduled to expire April 30 now extends to May 15, the amended order loosens some of the earlier restrictions and sets a road map for non-essential activities and businesses to reopen.
Businesses that had been considered non-essential and closed can reopen May 4 for curbside delivery, drive through, or by appointment only. These businesses must follow best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On May 8, those same businesses can return to pre-COVID operations while still maintaining best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
These practices include:
- Restrict access to enclosed and confined areas so people can’t congregate
- Practice physical distancing and space customers six feet apart
- Adhere to sanitation requirements established by the US Department of Labor and the Arizona Department of Health Services
- Masks are encouraged
The above openings apply to businesses and retail establishments. An open date for restaurants has not yet been set. At today’s press conference, Ducey said he hoped to have a plan to reopen restaurants as soon as May 12, but bars will remain closed for the foreseeable future. When asked about gyms, barber shops and salons, Ducey said he hoped to have a plan to reopen those establishments sometime in May as well but did not have a specific date yet.
As always, we are here to help. For more information and resources on COVID-19, see our coronavirus page. Feel free to contact your Henry+Horne tax adviser with any questions about Ducey’s extension of the executive order, or just your taxes in general.