Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan

Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to “contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.”
Additional actions announced today include:

  • Continuing to boost diagnostic testing, including expanding rapid testing capability;
  • Amplifying contact tracing in partnership with counties, including utilizing National Guard assets and providing additional resources to counties;
  • Increasing awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines, including authorizing local governments to implement enhanced mitigation measures;
  • Continuing to focus on long-term care settings, including providing $10 million for additional PPE and face masks;
  • And enhancing guidance for establishments to limit congregating and enforce mitigation policies.

Read Gov. Ducey’s full announcement here.

In addition, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today released updated guidance allowing local governments to implement mask and face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures. The guidance allows local authorities to tailor mitigation efforts specific to the local public health need.

In response to this announcement, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego made this statement on social media, “Today Governor Doug Ducey gave the power back to cities to implement our own health and safety measures to fight rising #COVID cases. This is the needed step to allow cities to protect residents. The Governor has stated that he believes that the ‘government closest to the people’ is the most effective. We agree, and we hope that the expertise of cities is considered as we continue our fight against a virus that has killed too many Arizonans.

“On our next agenda, Phoenix City Council will vote to mandate face masks for residents going to essential businesses and in public spaces. I fully support this measure. We will only overcome this virus by working together.”

The official City of Scottsdale Facebook page posted this statement today: “Scottsdale is evaluating the legal and enforcement considerations before determining whether a local emergency ordinance mandating masks in public will be created.”*

With regards to businesses, the updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments, including:

  • Physically distancing of 6 feet;
  • Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage;
  • Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts;
  • Requiring sick employees to stay home;
  • And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting.

The governor’s office released detailed requirements for businesses as well as for restaurants and bars providing dine-in service.

State health official continue to encourage those who are at higher risk of severe illness to stay home whenever possible. Those who are out in public should practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart whenever possible and wearing a cloth face covering. As always, hand washing and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces are important.

Find more information on safety measures and symptoms of the disease here. |CST


*Updated: 7:20pm; 6.17.2020

Governor’s Office Provides Additional Guidance on Essential Services — Closures Effective April 4

The Governor’s Office today released additional guidance on essential services and recreational activities.

“During these unprecedented times, providing clarity for small businesses and employers is an important measure to ensure we protect our citizens, slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect this critical part of our economy,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “As guidance from public health officials evolves, we will continue to release information and direction.”

On March 23, 2020, Gov. Ducey issued an Executive Order defining essential services. On March 30, 2020, following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and recommendations from the Arizona Department of Public Health, Gov. Ducey issued an Executive Order directing Arizonans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected, which included increased physical distancing requirements. According to today’s release from the Governor’s office:

If not already closed, the following services shall cease operations no later than 5pm April 4, 2020, as these services cannot comply with the guidelines required in paragraph 11 of Executive Order 2020-18, directing Arizonans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected.

  • Barbers 
  • Cosmetology, Hairstyling, Nail Salons and Aesthetic Salons 
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Spas
  • Massage parlors

In addition, the following services shall also cease operations by 5pm Saturday, April 4:

  • Amenities at public parks that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms but public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible.
  • Communal pools such as those at hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes and parks, however, these should still be maintained under environmental and public health rules and guidelines.
  • Swap meets

The Governor’s Office also provided guidance related to the following services, which they are considering essential and may continue operations:

  • Personal hygiene services including in-home services such as assistance with bathing and cleaning for vulnerable adults and those who are disabled.
  • Daycare centers providing care for individuals with children serving in any essential services category. 
  • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging, including RV Parks, and hotel and motel restaurants providing delivery or carryout food services.
  • Respite and palliative care.

For continuing updates from the Governor’s office and resources for individuals, visit https://arizonatogether.org.

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