PHOENIX (AP) — After mounting criticism, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has clarified his statewide shutdown order of non-essential services.
The governor issued a clarification to his list of essential businesses, ordering salons, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, barbershops, spas and massage parlors to close by 5 p.m. Satuday.
The governor's new order announced Friday also orders park amenities and publicly accessible pools to the public, but stressed that public parks would remain open where physical distancing can still take place.
The Republican governor repeatedly said during a town hall broadcast Thursday night that salons and barbershops were not included in his list of “essential services” that can remain open. But the governor's March 23 news release announcing the list specifically included those businesses.
Last week, when Tucson Mayor Regina Romero ordered nonessential businesses under the governor's guidelines to close, she strongly urged salons, barbershops and spas to close voluntarily.