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Arizona Won't Issue Stay-Home Order Yet

By Katherine Davis-Young, Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, March 23, 2020 - 5:01pm
Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:58pm

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Gov. Doug Ducey explains his decision to create a list of "essential services" should he decide that everyone else needs to stay home on March 23, 2020. With him is Cara Christ, the state health director.

Gov. Doug Ducey is urging Arizonans to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but he is stopping short of strict policies other states have implemented.

Ducey is encouraging Arizonans to practice social distancing and good hygiene. In a March 23 news conference, he said he’s following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but said Arizona does not yet need to mandate residents stay in their homes, like California and several other states have done.

“It’s my hope that we stop the spread, protect our economy, and mitigate the need for further action,” Ducey said.  

Ducey also issued a new executive order Monday to specifically outline what counts as “essential services” in Arizona. He said the order will prepare businesses for policies that could escalate in weeks ahead.

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