PHOENIX — Salons, spas and barber shops are among the businesses in Arizona that will have to close by 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to a new order from Gov. Doug Ducey.
Confusion over essential services in our state has continued since Ducey's initial executive order was released on March 23. When a statewide "stay-at-home" order was issued a week later, questions persisted over what businesses were deemed essential.
In the order issued Friday, Ducey said, if not already closed, a range of personal care businesses will be forced to cease operations if they do not comply with guidelines of his first executive order.
The businesses he specified include:
- Cosmetology, Hairstyling, Nail Salons and Aesthetic Salons
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo parlors
- Massage parlors
“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 of his latest announcement. “As guidance from public health officials evolves, we will continue to release information and direction.”
Additional services will also be forced to stop operating by Saturday at 5 p.m.:
- 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.
- 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.
- Swap meets
The order went further to help define which "personal hygiene services" would be able to remain available during the "stay-at-home" restrictions:
- 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.