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People rally in Yuma to support reopening of local businesses hit hard

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Dozens of locals protesting in Yuma as we speak. Demanding that the Governor re-open non-essential businesses right away.

Politicians, pastors, business owners and other community members showing up to this rally… to support the re-opening of yuma’s economy.

Many businesses I’ve talked to this week, feeling disappointed after hearing they would not able to re-open today.

But there is some good news. Friday afternoon Governor Doug Ducey released additional guidelines for retail businesses.

An executive order signed Wednesday, reveals retail businesses will be able to re-open Monday May 4th. Although, only partially for pick up or delivery services only.

After that, the next phase would have to follow strict guidelines.

On the other hand, industries like salons and barbershops, still have no idea when they will re-open.

Luis Santos owns, The Barber’s Lounge in Yuma.

“Right now we are losing our rights day by day and day by day we are losing money. We can’t feed our families, the government hasn’t helped us, governor ducey hasn’t helped us. All these bills being passed is not for small businesses, it’s for medium businesses," Santos said.

“Were clueless on what’s going to happen. They keep prolonging this, every two to three weeks they prolong this. We can’t sit around and just wait," The Barber's Lounge owner added.

Local businesses owners also expressing to us - the restrictions are hurting not just the employees but the families of those who were laid off or furloughed.

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