It's been a month since Governor Ducey executive order that changing virus mitigation from "required" to "recommended." As found in the Chamber's March 26, 2021 statement, Chamber staff has continued to monitor the virus situation including new cases and vaccination counts.
Maricopa County continues to be considered a 'hot spot' for Covid-19 based on information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Public Health Department, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Chamber office is open requiring masks, social distancing, and other prevention measures to ensure the safety of members, staff, and guests. In-person activities will remain on-hold until there's an improvement. Expect an update within the next few weeks.
My thanks to our State Legislators who supported and passed SB1377 (Civil liability; Public Health Pandemic) and Governor Ducey for signing the bill into law. This is to protect Arizona businesses, schools, healthcare providers, government agencies, and others from frivolous Covid-19 lawsuits. The law goes into effect ninety days after the end of the current legislative session.
To residents and visitors, I ask you to be courteous to each other. Many will continue to wear masks and continue social distancing. Many will choose not to wear a mask. Businesses, which are responsible for their employees and customers, can determine their own mask and other requirements for entry. The decision whether or not to receive the vaccine is also a personal decision. Please respect the choice of the other person just as you would like them to respect your choices.
The Chamber advocates for and supports actions that will bring our economy back to full strength while keeping our community safe.
My thanks our Chamber members, our partners, and the community for your continued support.