Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that gyms and pools in the state could reopen as of Wednesday, May 13th (today) after being closed for the last two months because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Gyms have been closed across the state since March 20th, 2020.
Gyms and pools are able to reopen by implementing CDC guidelines starting today.
The Arizona governor’s office issued guidance for gyms to reopen including staying 6 ft. apart, using touch-less payments and using hand sanitizer after visiting the facilities. Ducey also stated that those over 65 years of age should avoid gyms and fitness providers until it is more safe in the future.
The office also offered guidance for pools that would help for safety precautions to take during the re-openings for each pool. The safety precautions included; physical distancing, disinfecting equipment and hand washing stations near the pool.
Despite Ducey’s decision for pools to reopen, Pima County announced in a press release that it would not open pools or splash pads to the public on Wednesday. The reason for this was due to receiving more scrutiny from its committee.
On Friday, May 8th, 2020 salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen with more precautions on social distancing. On Monday, May 11th, 2020, restaurants were also allowed to reopen provided that they follow strict guidelines as well.
Here’s a current timeline of Arizona’s dates to close or reopen during the coronavirus pandemic:
- March 11th, 2020: Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency designed to provide hospitals and health care facilities the flexibility to enhance their safety protocols.
- March 16th, 2020: Closure of the state’s public district and charter schools began.
- March 19th, 2020: Ducey issued an order to close bars and restaurants with only takeout and delivery services to be available. Movie theaters, gyms and other businesses were also ordered to close.
- March 20th, 2020: Ducey extended the closure of K-12 schools to a further date.
- March 30th, 2020: Ducey announced that the remainder of the school year would being canceled.
- March 31st, 2020: Ducey announced an executive order to go into full effect. The executive order required Arizona residents to remain indoors except for essential workers and those that had essential needs during social distancing.
- April 29th, 2020: Ducey announced that the “stay-at-home” order would be extended until May 15.
- May 8th, 2020: Retail shops, hair salons and barbershops that followed new health guidelines were allowed to reopen under the revised “stay-at-home” order.
- May 11th, 2020: Restaurants following specific guidelines were given the go ahead to resume dine-in service.
- May 15th, 2020: Gyms & Pools a following specific guidelines were given the go to resume for public use.