Although Governor Doug Ducey greenlighted yet another portion of Arizona’s small businesses to be reopened on May 11th, hundreds of owners remained concerned.
More than 250 owners of different businesses of Arizona have signed a so-called “Too Soon” letter, stating that they didn’t feel like going back to work this week would be safe. Gov. Ducey had previously allowed restaurants and coffee shops to offer dine-ins again, as long as they follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines: no more than 10 people per group of customers, regular health checks for staff, social distancing, plus sanitizing the venues. Beauty salons, barbershops, and cosmetology centers were permitted to resume working as well.
However, the “Too Soon” statement says that statistics prove how the situation isn’t really normal presently in the U.S. “We await guidance from credible epidemiological experts & researchers for a reopen that is safe for our customers and staff,” it reads.
Numerous staff members have also signed the letter.
A number of Arizona bars and restaurants opened on Monday are trying to provide the demanded safety measures, but many reports claim that it’s not that easy. According to the Arizona Republic, large crowds of more than 50 people gathered in the CASA Tempe bar. They refused to wear masks or implement social distancing.
Tucson Democrat Mayor Regina Romero showed her solidarity with the “Too Soon” movement.