Are you having trouble trying to determine what’s open and closed in Phoenix? Many people don’t know the full COVID-19 guidelines, which is understandable because they’ve changed often throughout the past six months. Here are some answers to some common questions.
Q: What is Phoenix’s reopening plan?
The state operates a count-specific plan to determine the extent of restrictions based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people. The three levels include substantial, moderate, and minimal transmission. As of October 29th, Maricopa County is in the moderate stage for reopening.
Q: Is it mandatory to wear a mask in Phoenix during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. All people in the city that are ages six and older are required to wear a mask when leaving their home or hotel and are in an area that prevents social distancing. These regulations fall under guidance issued by the Arizona Department of Public Health on May 21. Some people are exempt from face-covering requirements, including:
- Religious beliefs that prevent face mask
- Anyone with medical exemptions
- People engaging in sports where it’s not possible to wear a mask
- While eating or drinking
Q: Are restaurants open in Phoenix?
Yes! Dining establishments are open, and patrons don’t have to wear a mask at their table. Staff must wear face coverings, and restaurants should try to enforce social distancing rules. The city is urging patrons to use outdoor dining options during moderate transmission rates.
Q: Are gyms open in Phoenix?
Fitness facilities are open in Phoenix at 25% occupancy. When the county reaches minimal transmission, gyms can open at 50% capacity. Under substantial transmission, all locations must close.
Q: What businesses and services are open in Phoenix?
No businesses and services are closed in Phoenix. The state and city have a list of guidelines to reduce the spread of local transmission. They’re asking residents and visitors to wear a mask when possible and maintain six feet from other people when the space is available. People should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and stay home when they’re sick. If the county reaches substantial transmission, all non-essential businesses are required to close. Under moderate levels, bars, and nightclubs that don’t provide dining services must remain closed.
Q: What does Phoenix define as “essential business” during COVID?
There are several businesses considered essential in the city during the pandemic, including, but not limited to:
- Health care and public health operations
- Human services
- Essential infrastructure operations
- Grocery stores
- Pet food locations
- Food and drink manufacturing locations
- Outdoor recreational activities
- Charitable services
- Gas stations
- Financial institutions
Q: Are large gatherings allowed in Phoenix?
Phoenix follows the state’s regulations regarding events. The state prohibits organized public gatherings of 50 or more people unless the city grants an exception. To apply, organizers must show that physical distancing measures are in place. Private events don’t need additional permissions and have no cap on attendees. Additionally, religious institutions are exempt from these rules. Enviro-Master of Phoenix can help businesses re-open and stay safe with our COVID cleaning service and bathroom cleaning service. Contact us today to learn more!