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Local Mask Mandates Are Gone. Here's How One Arizona Business Owner Is Handling It

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, March 29, 2021 - 12:04pm
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 11:47am

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Married co-owners Justice J. Srisuk (left) and Matthew O’Brien run the Sagebrush AZ, an exotic boutique plant shop in downtown Mesa.

The state Department of Health Services reported 604 new COVID-19 infections and no recorded deaths Monday, but there is typically a weekend lag on data.

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The Sagebrush AZ
The Sagebrush AZ is an exotic boutique plant shop in downtown Mesa.

Hospital cases continue to decline, reaching their lowest level since September with intensive care unit use overall at 84%.

And the number of vaccinations continues to rise. More than 3 million doses have been administered.

These trends led Gov. Doug Ducey to relax the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. That includes ending local mask mandates, except in government buildings or on public transportation. Businesses can now open to full capacity and events of all kinds no longer require government approval.

But how will businesses adjust?

Matthew O’Brien runs the Sagebrush AZ, an exotic boutique plant shop in downtown Mesa. The Show spoke with him about how he plans to handle the easing of restrictions.

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