The state of Arizona was still on a generalized stay-at-home order Friday morning. But that did not stop a handful of businesses from announcing they planned to reopen anyway, in seeming violation of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing orders.
Ducey this week extended what had already been a month-long shutdown of nonessential services in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But some small businesses had already vowed to reopen May 1 – with or without the governor’s permission.
Some firebrand businesses owners backed down from their vows to defy a state shutdown, while others were preparing to open their doors. The question facing Arizona on Friday was how many might really break the rules, and what, if anything, would be the consequences.