Gyms, swimming pools OK to re-open Wednesday

PHOENIX —During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey said that in the next step in re-opening Arizona’s economy, gyms and public swimming pools may re-open to the public starting Wednesday, May 13.

“And also major league sports — this includes Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, MLS — are all able to participate and play in the state of Arizona after May 15. Of course this would be with CDC guidelines and protecting public health. We have had discussions with leaders of some of these leagues, and they all know they are welcome to operate, play and perform in the state of Arizona,” Ducey said.

Ducey said the stay-at-home executive order will expire May 15, but a new executive order — stay healthy, return smarter, return stronger — will immediately go into effect and focus on those Ducey called the state’s “most vulnerable individuals,” asking them to avoid returning to work if possible.

He said those teleworking now should continue doing so and residents should return to in-person work in phases. Also persons should minimize nonessential travel.

“Physical distancing won’t go away, avoid large gatherings, today schools remain closed and in-person visitations to nursing homes are still prohibited,” Ducey said.