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Arizona Lifts Occupancy Restrictions For Businesses

Arizona is back in business, as Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday it will reopen all establishments to 100 percent capacity.

“We’ve learned a lot over the past year,” Ducey said in a statement. “Our businesses have done an excellent job at responding to this pandemic in a safe and responsible way. We will always admire the sacrifice they and their employees have made and their vigilance to protect against the virus.”

Arizona joins Texas in lifting occupancy restrictions on everything from restaurants to gyms to movie theaters. Texas has also dumped its mask mandate.

Overall, fives states have either ended or will soon end mask mandates. Along with Texas, the list includes Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota. Eleven states never required face coverings statewide — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Declining COVID-19 positivity rates and the growing availability of vaccines were among the reasons cited as “hope for the future” by Ducey.

“We withstood the calls from the extremes on both sides, and we will continue to ignore them,” he said. “We always knew that fighting this virus would be dependent on the personal responsibility of everyday Arizonans.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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  1. Look Mission Accomplished. Ducey is one of the slimier RINOs, he couldn’t wait to hand AZ off to the RATS. All these places were going to open up as soon as Bad Orange Man was gone.

    As for that Bill….they are going full throttle. They have majorities and unlike Reflublicans, know how to use them. No RAT ever deviates from the mission.

  2. About fucking time I live in AZ and this jackass sounded just like a fucking democrat with his weekly updates safer at home bullshit last summer. There was a time everything I mean everything was closed couldn’t go to the gym or get a haircut even of course Home Depot Walmart Target Cosco were all open he never could or would explain those being open and everything else shut down.smfh

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