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Ducey's office: Movie theaters can reopen on Saturday

Ducey's office: Movie theaters can reopen on Saturday
Posted at 9:14 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 01:20:08-04

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that pools, gyms, fitness centers, spas, and massage therapists would be able to reopen for business on Wednesday, May 13, part of his phased-in approach to reopening the state's economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He also announced that the state's stay-at-home order would expire on Friday, May 15, but that people need to continue to practice social and physical distancing and follow CDC-recommended guidelines.

But, what about movie theaters and bars, two industries that remain closed in Arizona?

While not discussed during Tuesday's press conference, the Governor's Office told ABC15 reporters after the conference that movie theaters would be allowed to reopen, if they choose to, as early as Saturday, May 16.

Arizona is home to independent theaters and national theater chains, including Harkins, AMC, and Regal Cinema. So far, none have announced their plans to reopen. ABC15 has reached out to them to see what their opening plans are, but did not immediately hear back.

West Wind Drive-In in Glendale has remained open throughout the pandemic. In recent weeks, pop-up drive-ins have opened in Glendale, Mesa, Queen Creek, and Scottsdale.

Bars, meanwhile, have not been cleared to reopen.

The Governor's Office told ABC15 reporters that additional information and guidance specifically for bars would be announced later this week.