After a reluctance in March to ask Arizona businesses to close, Gov. Doug Ducey finally issued a stay-at-home order on March 31 to help slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Gov. Ducey’s executive order, “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected,” asks Arizonans to limit their time away from their home. People can still go outside, but the governor has asked residents to always practice social distancing when they do.
“We do not want people to feel trapped or isolated in their homes,” the governor said. “The weather is beautiful right now. Find a way to get out and enjoy it — with physical distancing.”
Anyone who violates the order could be charged with a misdemeanor, but only after police have issued a warning the first time. Gov. Ducey also issued a list of businesses that are considered essential. Businesses providing services on the list can remain open.
Arizona has not been as heavily impacted by the COVID-19 disease as states like New York, Louisiana and Michigan, although Arizona’s Department of Health Services reports that the rate of cases in emergency rooms has risen from 2% to nearly 7% of all visits. Arizona has 3,018 reported positive tests for COVID-19 and 89 deaths. To learn more, visit the DHS website.
To read the governor’s executive order, visit here.
Highlights of the Stay-At-Home Order in Arizona
When did the order go into place?
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued his order on March 31.
When will the order be lifted?
The executive order will be in effect until April 30, unless it gets extended.
What are violations and penalties associated with the order?
Police and law enforcement are instructed to issue warnings for the first violation, and after that, anyone violating the order can be charged with a misdemeanor.
What kind of order was it?
Gov. Ducey’s executive order, “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected,” asks Arizonans to limit their time away from their home.
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