COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources

Return Smarter. Return Stronger.

The state of Arizona is working hard to keep Arizonans safe and healthy while slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Arizona Commerce Authority is here to continue offering tools and resources for families, workers and businesses to return stronger.


BUSINESS Guidance 

MAY 1, 2020
Authorized hospitals and outpatient centers can resume elective surgeries
MAY 4, 2020
Retail may operate through curbside, delivery and by-appointment
MAY 8, 2020
Barbers/cosmetologists can resume appointments. Retail may fully reopen
MAY 11, 2020
Restaurants and coffee shops may resume dine-in service
MAY 13, 2020
Pools, gyms and spas may resume operations
MAY 15, 2020
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order expires
MAY 16, 2020
Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger order goes into effect
MAY 28, 2020
Organized youth activities may resume
JUNE 17, 2020
Businesses shall update and enforce written policies that adopt federal and state guidance
JUNE 29, 2020
Paused operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks, tubing
JUNE 29, 2020
Indoor and outdoor public events and gatherings limited to 50 people, pools limited to 10 people
JULY 9, 2020
Restaurants must limit indoor seating capacity to less than 50%
JULY 23, 2020
Extended paused operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, tubing
AUGUST 10, 2020
ADHS released public health recommendations for the safe reopening of paused businesses
AUGUST 27, 2020
Eight counties meet Moderate Transmission level, moving into next phase of safely reopening
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Official guidance for Arizonans to celebrate Thanksgiving safely released
DECEMBER 2, 2020
Restaurants may extend premises for outdoor dining; additional guidelines for public events with 50+
MARCH 5, 2021
Business occupancy and percentage limitations expire; Spring Training may operate with an approved safety plan
MARCH 25, 2021
Restrictions on organized public events are lifted; business guidance transitions from requirements to recommendations
APRIL 1, 2021
Elective surgery restrictions are eased
MAY 13, 2021
Arizona launches Back to Work plan to fill thousands of jobs available across the state
MAY 21, 2021
Governor Ducey signs bill allowing to-go cocktails
JULY 2, 2021
Governor Ducey rescinds 25 pandemic-related Executive Orders
AUGUST 3, 2021
CDC extends eviction moratorium
NOVEMBER 1, 2021
Homeowner Assistance Fund Established

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Under the leadership of Governor Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority launched the Return Stronger Upskilling website in partnership with ARIZONA@WORK. Workers can virtually connect with a career counselor and explore training opportunities at no cost.




Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.



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Paycheck Protection Program loan borrowers are eligible for loan forgiveness. The ACA’s forgiveness calculator assists small businesses in the loan process by estimating loan amounts and eligible forgiveness.



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Our small business team is at the ready to answer your questions and provide support. Connect with our team of small business experts today.



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Prepare > Plan > Grow

The Arizona Commerce Authority – supported by a dynamic group of community partners — has launched a statewide initiative to help Arizona’s small businesses prepare for success, plan for the future, and grow into thriving businesses. Through virtual webinars and hands-on workshops, local business leaders and subject matter experts will provide real-time support and available resources across Arizona.




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