Guidance for All Businesses

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced enhanced guidance for establishments to limit congregating and enforce virus mitigation policies.

March 25, 2021

Restrictions on organized public events are lifted; business guidance transitions from requirements to recommendations

As Arizona met important public health benchmarks, Governor Ducey provided updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures for events, businesses and local ordinances. All business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Businesses are still equipped with the ability to continue to require masks and social distancing. 




March 5, 2021

Occupancy percentage limitations expire. All businesses must continue to implement physical distancing and mask protocols.



June 17, 2020

Governor Ducey announces new requirements for all businesses operating a physical location in Arizona and in accordance with a new Executive Order.


Guidance for all businesses includes:

Businesses shall develop, establish, implement and enforce policies that adopt federal and state guidance including hygiene and sanitation practices, physical distancing requirements, requiring face coverings when physical distancing is not feasible and symptom screening for employees.



Expansion of Premises and Outdoor Dining Programs


Glendale Restaurant Extension of Premises

The City of Glendale is allowing restaurants to expand serving areas to create more space between diners. The permit will cover 180 days.



Goodyear Temporary Tent/Outdoor Dining

The City of Goodyear will allow outdoor dining expansions for food establishments. Permits are free and will end upon termination of the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency.

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Mesa Temporary Expansion of Premise

The City of Mesa is offering open air patio dining options for restaurants and bars. To encourage greater social distancing between diners, the premise expansion will be approved within days.

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Phoenix Temporary Use Permit

The City of Phoenix is offering an expedited and free process for restaurants to serve customers beyond their currently permitted spaces.

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Scottsdale Fees for Special Events

The City of Scottsdale approved temporary fee reductions for special event applications and permits, added a new fee for use of public space, and suspended enforcement of special event regulations until May 31, 2021.

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Surprise Temporary Extension of Premise

The City of Surprise will allow local restaurants to expand their service area to ensure a safe dining experience. There is no fee and the permit is valid for 180 days.

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Tempe Expansion of Premises

Retail businesses, restaurants and bars in Tempe may apply to expand their premise onto city of private property without incurring a fee.

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Yuma Permit for Temporary Expansion of Premises

Businesses currently under Executive Order closures or limited capacity may apply for an expansion permit extending their operations to outdoor areas.


We have several (non-industry specific) guides pertaining to planning and workplace safety that apply to all businesses.