Following an emerging trend, Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona lifted one of the most stringent COVID-19 mitigation restrictions for his state. Beginning immediately, the state's restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, water parks, and bars may open at 100% capacity.
The Republican, who never imposed a state-wide mask mandate, also limited local jurisdictions from overriding his order and imposing any "extreme" measures unilaterally.
"Today's announcement is a measured approach," Ducey said in a statement, adding, "we are not in the clear yet. We need to continue practicing personal responsibility. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay home when you're sick and wash your hands frequently."
Additionally, Ducey signed an executive order this week that required the state's public schools to all open for in-person learning by March 15. Though schools are still allowed to offer virtual learning, in-person education must be provided per the governor's order.