Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifts occupancy limits, spring training, pro sports to operate under approved plans


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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Ole Olafson, Reporter

On Friday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted the occupancy limits that had been established to slow the spread of COVID-19 nearly one year ago.

According to Executive Order 2021-05, “Next Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation – Lifting Occupancy Limits Implemented Due to COVID-19”, even though the occupancy limits have been rescinded, businesses should still operate in a manner that “assists in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19”.

The order states that businesses should continue to promote healthy hygiene policies and monitor for sickness, as well as continuing to ensure physical distancing and provide protective equipment.  Business are also encouraged to limit areas where patrons can congregate and require appointments or reservations if possible.

Furthermore, the order clarifies that requirements made by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) like mask usage and appropriate physical distancing between groups, remain in effect.

The order addresses spring training and major league sports directly.  It mandates that those organizations can only operate after submitting a plan which is approved by ADHS that “demonstrates implementation of safety precautions and physical distancing.”

Like most other COVID-19-related Executive Orders, the order will be considered for repeal or revision every 14 days after its issuance.