CAVE CREEK, ARIZ.—For weeks, even as Covid-19 cases have risen rapidly across this state, Friday night bull riding at the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse has regularly drawn nearly 1,000 people—with few of them wearing masks, according to the owner of the sprawling restaurant and entertainment venue.

As photos rocketing around the internet have shown, the same has been true at many restaurants and bars in the Phoenix region. For some people, it is a matter of personal freedom. Others argue that healthy people don’t need…

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