"We’ve learned a lot over the past year,” Ducey said in a statement. “Our businesses have done an excellent job at responding to this pandemic in a safe and responsible way. We will always admire the sacrifice they and their employees have made and their vigilance to protect against the virus."
The following changes are reflected in the new executive order, according to a news release from the state:
- For businesses, physical distancing and mask protocols will remain in place, however specific occupancy percentage limitations will expire. This applies to restaurants, gyms, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys, and bars providing dine in services.
- Spring Training and Major League Sports will have the ability to operate upon submission and approval of a plan to the Arizona Department of Health Services that demonstrates implementation of safety precautions and physical distancing.
- Mayors and local entities will still be precluded from implementing extreme measures that shut down businesses.
The order comes of the heels of the Arizona Department of Health Services announcing that the state has surpassed two million vaccinations. According to ADHS, 2,016,512 doses had been administered to 1,312,951 individuals, including 711,074 who have received both doses as of March 5.
View the entire executive order here.