Retail to partially re-open Monday, dine-in at restaurants could happen May 12

PHOENIX —Gov. Doug Ducey said steps are underway to re-open retail shops and restaurants for dine-in service.

“So the next step in terms of breathing life back into small businesses, is we’re going to bring back a small step, in terms of a revival to Main Street, with a partial re-opening to retail. You’ll see this beginning on Monday, May 4, and expanded on Friday, May 8,” Ducey said.

When it comes to dining in at restaurants, Ducey said that could happen as early as May 12.

“Next week, you’ll see a plan that’s going to be released, informed and in cooperation with the Arizona restaurant industry. We’re working with the Arizona Restaurant Association,” Ducey said.

Ducey made those declarations during a press conference Wednesday.

He added that the stay-at-home executive order, and the travel restrictions to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will continue through May 15

And testing is being expanded to anyone who believes he or she has been exposed, as well as increasing anti-body testing.

“We’re going to continue to act with both our heads and and our hearts on this,” Ducey said. “We’re putting public safety and public health first. We realize that every decision made affects the citizens of Arizona. And we want you to understand why we’re making decisions and in what order. Because we’re asking a lot of the people of Arizona.”