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Az governor orders barbers, salons, pools & park facilities to close over CV-19

All barbers, hair and nail salons, spas, public pools and basketball courts in Arizona must close by Saturday, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Friday afternoon, citing physical distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.

The closure order takes affect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, he said.

Because these businesses and activities in public places cannot be carried out with the appropriate six feet of distance between people, they must cease if they have not already, Ducey said.

Covered by the order, which expands on Ducey's earlier closure orders, are:

  • Barbers
  • Cosmetology, hairstyling, nail salons and aesthetic salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Spas
  • Massage parlors

Also ordered to be closed are: "Amenities at public parks that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms." But, "public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible," Ducey said in a statement from his office.

Also closed are "communal pools such as those at hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes and parks, however, these should still be maintained under environmental and public health rules and guidelines."

During a "town hall" on Thursday night, Ducey dodged questions about why hair and nail salons and other personal grooming services were allowed to continue operating, when it is impossible to maintain physical distancing in those operations.

Ducey had earlier included barbers, hair and nail salons and other services under his list of "essential" businesses, announced last week. His business closure order, announced Monday, mandated that businesses maintain six feet of separation between all employees and customers to the extent practical, but did not specifically close down salons.

The inclusion of grooming services on the "essential" list drew criticism even before Ducey ordered any closures, but that intensified once he shut down other businesses in the state with his "Stay at Home" order.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and others said they were "flabbergasted" at some of the businesses that Ducey deemed are essential during even a stay-at-home order.

Still included among the list of essential services, according to Ducey's update on Friday, are:

  • Personal hygiene services including in-home services such as assistance with bathing and cleaning for vulnerable adults and those who are disabled.
  • Daycare centers providing care for individuals with children serving in any essential services category.
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging, including RV parks, and hotel and motel restaurants providing delivery or carryout food services.
  • Respite and palliative care.

"During these unprecedented times, providing clarity for small businesses and employers is an important measure to ensure we protect our citizens, slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect this critical part of our economy," Ducey said in a news release Friday. "As guidance from public health officials evolves, we will continue to release information and direction."

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Apr 3, 2020, 3:24 pm
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I see golf courses and gun stores aren’t included in the closures.

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Ducey during a Tuesday press conference in Tucson, March 17.