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Stay-at-home order issued for Arizona to combat coronavirus spread

Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 30, 2020

PHOENIX — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued a stay-at-home order for residents of our state, set to go into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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Ducey referred to his declaration as a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" order, saying it "promotes physical distancing, while also encouraging social connectedness." The order is set to remain in effect until April 30 unless it is extended.

See the full order embedded below.

State health officials said 20 people have died from the virus as of Monday morning, and a total of 1,157 cases have been confirmed in Arizona.

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The order states that Arizona residents must limit their time away from home except when involved in "essential activities," work or volunteering in "essential functions," using any services or products provided by essential businesses, and employment if they are a sole proprietor or family-owned business who works in an office separate but is not open to serve the public.

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According to Ducey's order, essential businesses may remain open. See Ducey's previous order outlining essential services.

Last week, Ducey had detailed what his office considered essential services:

  • Health care and public health operations, including hospitals, public health entities, distributors of personal protective equipment and biotechnology companies;
  • Human services operations, including those that provide services for the elderly, those with developmental disabilities, foster and adoption children and the homeless;
  • Infrastructure operations, including food production, utility operators, construction and internet providers;
  • Government functions, including first responders, emergency management personnel, 911 operators, child protection staff, welfare providers and more;
  • Business operations, including grocery and medicine providers, outdoor recreation;
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services, including religious and secular non-profit organizations and food banks;
  • Media organizations, including newspaper, television, radio and other media services;
  • Gas stations and other transportation-related businesses
  • Financial institutions, including banks and credit unions;
  • Hardware and supply stores;
  • Critical trades, including
  • Plumbers, electricians, cleaning, sanitation, HVAC and security staff;
  • Mail, post, shipping and logistics;
  • Education institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, universities and research entities;
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises;
  • Supplies distributors that enable telework and work from home and those that supply essential businesses;
  • Transportation, including airlines, taxis, and ride-sharing;
  • Home-based and care services,
  • Including for seniors and those with developmental disabilities;
  • Residential facilities and shelters, including those for children, seniors or at-risk populations;
  • Professional services, including legal, real estate and accounting services;
  • Day care centers for employees exempted through the order;
  • Manufacturers, distribution and producers of supply chain-critical products;
  • Hotels and motels;
  • And funeral services.