By Maria Polletta | Arizona Republic
Citing expanded vaccine availability and declining COVID-19 case numbers, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday announced he would relax emergency restrictions previously placed on businesses.
While mask and physical distancing requirements will not change, the state is lifting occupancy caps on businesses including bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters and water parks.
Spring training and Major League sports also can operate after they submit and receive approval for safety plans.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past year,” Ducey said in a statement accompanying the surprise announcement. “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.”