Ducey says next on the re-open list: bars, gyms and theaters

PHOENIX — In a conference call with business owners from across the state Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey outlined the next sectors to be targeted for re-opening in the coming weeks.

“For those of you wondering what’s next, we’re working with health officials to provide guidance for the fitness industry — that’s gyms — (and) swimming pools, in addition to having discussions with movie theaters and bars. So we’ll keep everyone posted when we have updates for those businesses,” Ducey said.

The re-opening started with the resumption Friday, May 1, of elective surgeries at hospitals and surgery centers. Retailers originally deemed non-essential were allowed to open for curbside pick-up only starting May 4, and will be able to open their doors with strict occupancy and social distancing rules in place starting Friday, May 8. Also resuming business Friday are cosmetologists and barbers; however those two must see customers by appointment only.

Finally, restaurants will be able to offer dine-in service again starting Monday, May 11, also with occupancy and social distancing limits.

Ducey told the business owners, “We really have to rebuild customer confidence. It’s like there’s a PTSD out there in terms of how people are feeling with the news and the anxiety and the unknown. So any decision we make will be informed by public health. But when people come into your operations in the coming weeks, hopefully they will feel and see and see and smell what is a difference and increased focus on physical distancing and cleanliness.”

Ducey did not offer a target date on when the fitness industry, theaters and bars can expect to re-open.