Douglas’ parks and recreational facilities will remain closed to the public following Governor Doug Ducey’s announcement extending Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order until Friday, May 15.
The order does allow for Arizona’s gradual economic reopening, allowing retail businesses to begin partial operations starting this week.
Howard Fischer with Capitol Media Services reports, effective Monday, May 4 businesses that are not designated as “essential” will be able to sell items out the front door. “So, for example, everything from furniture stores and jewelers to beauty salons can offer products to drive-up and delivery customers,” he writes.
Then, by Friday, May 8, Fisher reports, “they actually can allow customers in the door — providing they ‘establish and implement protocols and best practices.’ That specifically includes requirements for “social distancing” of at least six feet.But there won’t be any shopping at retailers located inside malls unless customers can access the stores through an exterior entrance.”
Bars will remain closed other than to sell to drive-up and delivery customers.
“Arizona’s focus has been protecting public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19 — and this approach is working,” Ducey said in a statement from his office.“Physical distancing is making a difference. We’re slowing the spread.The last thing we want to do now is undo these gains. Today’s announcement continues Arizona’s calm, steady approach while taking new steps to breathe life into our small businesses. Arizona is eager to re energize our economy, and we will continue to take a gradual, step-by-step approach that’s guided by data and public health.”
Douglas’ Mayor Robert Uribe stated, “The City of Douglas has taken every precaution recommended by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and public health experts and has been operating within the limitations of our State of Emergency and the Governor’s Stay at Home executive order. We support Governor Ducey’s caution in opening the state backup and will continue to press for everyone to follow his Stay at Home direction.”
The mayor added Douglas’ public facilities will remain closed and the city council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 will be conducted via remote access on the city’s YouTube channel. Members of the public can submit their questions for the Call to the Public ahead of time by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 12, by 5 p.m. in order to be read during the regular meeting.
“The incremental opening of our community and state is a responsible path to try and limit further exposure to COVID-19,” Mayor Uribe said. “As mayor, I applaud Gov. Ducey’s responsible efforts to keep the public healthy while also starting to open our businesses again.”