Arizona Gov. Ducey issues stay-at-home order for state

The order begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday and last until the end of April

Arizona Gov. Ducey issues stay-at-home order for state
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Posted by KOLD News 13 on Monday, March 30, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a stay-at-home order that will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The order, which can be read HERE, will last until Thursday, April 30.

“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” Gov. Ducey said. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”

Residents are allowed to leave their home for the following reasons:

  • ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES: Examples include getting groceries, visiting a bank, going to a doctor’s appointment, caring for a family member, exercising or getting your hair/nails done. These are a small selection of what the state considers essential activities. See the full list below.
  • ESSENTIAL SERVICES: Going to work or volunteering at a business that is considered an essential service. The full list of essential services can be found below.
  • EXEMPTION: Going to work at a non-essential service, as long as you are the sole proprietor or it is a family owned business

Individuals or businesses who ignore the order could face a Class 1 misdemeanor.

States like California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico and New York have issued similar orders.

In a tweet, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero urged Ducey to narrow his list to only those services she sees as truly essential. She has repeatedly asked Ducey to remove hair and nail salons, spas and barbershops from the list.


Essential Activities

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.
  • Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
  • Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
  • Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.

Below is a full list of essential services as determined by Gov. Doug Ducey. Anyone who is seeking validation of their job or business as essential may contact the Governor’s office HERE or call 602-542-4331 (Phoenix office) 520-628-6580 (Tucson office).

Essential Services

  • Stores that sell groceries and medicine: Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish and poultry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household stores that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, and also that sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and Essential Businesses and Operations.
  • Food, beverage and agriculture: Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking; and other production of agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption and businesses that provide food, shelter and other necessities for life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels and adoption facilities.
  • Outdoor recreation activities: any outdoor recreation area, park, site or trail that provides opportunities for outdoor recreation with social distancing such as walking, hiking and biking. This includes golf courses if restrictions on food and beverage service under Executive Order 2020-09 are followed.
  • Organizations that provide charitable and social services: Businesses and religious and secular nonprofit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter and social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency and people with disabilities.
  • Media: Newspapers, television, radio and other media services.
  • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation: Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities including (including vehicle sales), truck stops, and bicycle shops and related facilities.
  • Financial institutions: Banks, currency exchanges, consumer lenders, including but not limited to payday lenders, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions and institutions selling financial products.
  • Hardware and supply stores: Hardware stores and businesses that sell electrical, plumbing and heating materials.
  • Critical trades: Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocations services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities and essential businesses and operations.
  • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services: Post offices and other businesses that provide shipping and delivery services, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, goods or services to end users or through commercial channels.
  • Educational institutions: Educational institutions-including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. This Executive Order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede any order by the Governor and Superintendent in effect to close schools, except that affected schools are ordered closed through April 10, 2020.
  • Laundry services: Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services and laundry service providers.
  • Restaurants for consumption off-premises: Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for consumption off-premises, through such means as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up and carryout. Schools and other entities that typically provide food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided or at any other gathering site. This order is consistent with and does not supersede Executive Order 2020-09.
  • Supplies to work from home: Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home or conduct distance learning.
  • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations: Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene and products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security.
  • Transportation: Airlines, taxis, transportation network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, and other private, public and commercial transportation and logistics providers necessary for all categories of “Essential Operations” as defined in this order.
  • Home-based care and services: Home-based care for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness, including caregivers such as nannies who may travel to the child’s home to provide care and other in-home services including meal delivery.
  • Residential facilities and shelters: Residential facilities and shelters for adults, seniors, children and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders and/or mental illness.
  • Professional and personal services: Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, personal hygiene services (including barber shops and salons) with additional sanitization precautions as recommended for businesses by the Arizona Department of Health Services and real estate services (including appraisal and title services).
  • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order: Day care centers providing care for individuals serving in any essential services category.
  • Manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries: Manufacturing companies, distributors and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitizations, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportations, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, national defense, communications as well as products used by other Essential Businesses and Operations.
  • Hotels and motels: Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carryout food services.
  • Funeral services: Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery and related services.

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