Government Relations Update:
Peters, Cannata & Moody plc
Today, Governor Ducey issued a
new executive order
that extends the “stay home, stay healthy, stay connected” order until May 15, with some modifications to gradually resume some business operations:
- On May 4, shops that are not included on the list of “essential services” may begin operating through delivery and curbside service, or through other methods that implement best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- On May 8, shops may open for in-person service while implementing physical distancing and best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Next week, the Governor will announce additional details about a plan to re-open dine-in restaurant service with enhanced physical distancing and hygiene requirements. Dine-in options will not begin until at least May 12. Bars, gyms, salons, and other businesses that cannot practice physical distancing while they serve clients will be addressed in a future phase of economic re-opening.
The Governor emphasized his focus on public health as the most important consideration as businesses gradually reopen, and thanked Arizonans for their compliance with the stay-at-home restrictions. “We know we’ve asked a lot of the people of Arizona,” the Governor said. “We’re getting closer – please stick with it.”
Legislative leaders have not announced the next steps for the 2020 session. A coalition of Republicans objected to a plan to recess the session this week, and want to instead resume the work of the session. House and Senate leaders say they continue to talk to their members and formulate a plan for how to proceed next month.