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While some are eager for a return to normalcy, others around the West Valley feel extreme caution is still needed in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peoria Times’ Facebook page took the following poll May 15:

“With Gov. Doug Ducey lifting the stay-home order today, I am (choose one): A) continuing to practice strict social distancing/isolation; B) planning to go out a little more but still practice social distancing; C) ready to return to normal.

Of those who responded, six went with “continue to practice strict social distancing/isolation,” five chose the middle option and six are “ready to return to normal.”

Among those planning to continue social distancing/isolation was Marilynn Hempen, who noted, “I am vulnerable so need to exercise caution. I think we all need to do what is best for us and people need to be respectful of other’s choices.”

Heather Cassel, a hair stylist, was decidedly in the “ready to return to normal” camp: “I went back to work on Friday and went out to dinner on Monday. Bring it on.”