By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
State health officials are looking to Arizonans to snitch on businesses that aren’t complying with safe operating procedures.
The request issued Wednesday, Aug. 26, comes as several Arizona counties are expected to reach the point on Thursday that previously closed businesses can again welcome customers.
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But those new permissions come with restrictions on everything from who has to wear a mask to how many patrons can be allowed in at any one time. And so now the Department of Health Services wants anyone who sees an errant business to contact that agency or other state or local officials.
ADHS spokesman Steve Elliott said his agency is contracting with most local public health departments to investigate complaints and enforce the requirements of the various executive orders issued by Gov. Doug Ducey. For counties that don’t contract with the state, health inspectors themselves will go out to take a look.