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Arizona Gov. Ducey Issues Stay-At-Home Order Effective Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order asking Arizona residents to stay at home.

At a press conference on Monday, Ducey said the order was based on guidance from the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Dr. Cara Christ.

“Her recommendation, based on the latest Arizona-specific data, is to implement enhanced physical distancing measures,” Ducey said.

The stay-at-home order goes into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m and will remain in effect until at least April 30.

Ducey emphasized that grocery stores and pharmacies would remain open, as well as a long list of businesses the governor has designated as essential services. So what else are Arizonans now able to do?

What's Allowed

  • Restaurants will remain open to provide take-out and delivery services.
  • Pharmacies will remain open.
  • “Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family and pets.”
  • “Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of families.”
  • “Outdoor exercise activities such as walking, hiking, biking and golfing.”
  • “Transporting children to child care services.”
  • “Attending work.”
  • “Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion.”

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To learn more about the details and possible enforcement of Ducey's order, The Show turned to Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the governor's order is not enough without also narrowing the long list of services that have been deemed essential by the governor’s office. And Mayor Gallego joined The Show to talk more about it.

Chad Heinrich, Arizona State Director with the National Federation of Independent Business, also spoke to The Show about the impact of the stay-at-home order on the area’s small business owners.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.