Arizona businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have closed permanently. Among the hardest hit are those that depend on serving customers on-site, including restaurants and bars. Gov. Doug Ducey has attempted to help businesses while keeping public health at front of mind.

Much of the economy is reopening, and businesses that have been thwarted are anxious to join in. Restaurants have been allowed to open but not bars. However, it gets complicated because some businesses are both. A Maricopa County judge last week upheld Ducey’s power to allow only the establishments serving food to open.

There is no simple answer to the situation. However, use of masks and social distancing have greatly helped in slowing the spread of the disease. That is allowing the economy to get back closer to normal. Some hitches are being felt, but we can only hope they are short-lived.

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