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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego says Governor Ducey's stay at home order doesn't go far enough

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 20:34:52-04

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizona starting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Governor calls the order "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected." Unless you work a job considered essential, you should stay home except to exercise and go places like the grocery store, pharmacy or doctor.

People outside will be required to adhere to social distancing and stand approximately six feet from the person next to them.

The governor has been under increasing pressure to issue the order. On Monday, mayor's from nine Arizona cities, including Mayor Kate Gallego of Phoenix, called on him to do it.

After reading Ducey's order, Gallego was unimpressed. She tweeted the order is insufficient if he doesn't narrow his list of essential services. Essential services, the Mayor said, should not include golf and beauty salons.

House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez (D-Yuma) also wrote the Governor requesting a shelter in place order.

In a statement to ABC15 Fernandez said:

"This executive order falls short of doing all we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. We pushed and pushed, and it's good to see the Governor respond, but his executive order is still too broad if it still considers golf and hair salons essential services, and still prevents cities and towns from taking stronger action. I want to say as clearly and loudly as I can to the people of Arizona, stay at home, stay safe and stop the spread."