PHOENIX (April 29, 2020)—Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer released the following statement regarding today’s announcement by Gov. Doug Ducey of a revised stay-at-home order:
“Today’s announcement by Gov. Ducey is another example of his administration continuing to curb the spread of Covid-19, but also taking prudent steps to reopen the Arizona economy in a safe, responsible way. Today’s announcement builds on last week’s welcome news that elective surgeries can resume on May 1.
“The revisions put forth by the governor breathe needed oxygen into our retail sector. Stores that sell essential goods have proven already that they can operate safely, and we look forward to more retailers doing the same.
“We’ve also seen that restaurants can creatively and safely continue to operate, albeit in a modified way. We anticipate that the forthcoming guidance on dine-in restaurants will provide a needed jolt of adrenaline into that important sector of the economy.
“These developments are good news for all affected retailers and restaurants, but they are particularly helpful for small businesses.
“The governor can count on Arizona businesses as willing partners in a joint effort to protect the health and safety of employees, customers, and the broader public. We look forward to working with Gov. Ducey and his designated point-person on the economic recovery, Sandra Watson, to ensure that Arizona exits this pandemic just as we entered it—with the nation’s strongest economy.”
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