Businesses in Arizona will now no longer be required to adhere to required mask or social distancing protocols. Governor Doug Ducey announced Thursday morning that business guidelines can transition from requirements to recommendations due to declining cases and hospitalizations and that over three-million Arizonans are now vaccinated. Businesses can still require masks and distancing, but it’s up to them. Ducey says events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. However, events should follow safe practices and CDC guidelines. Bars will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require masks and social distancing. Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy released a statement on Facebook saying Ducey’s executive order is “dangerous, irresponsible and premature.” He says the mask mandate remains in place on city property itself. State officials say the latest move by the governor will also phase out local masking mandates, however masking and social distancing is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman says the governor’s order doesn’t change the policy that masks will still be required in Arizona schools.