Gov. Ducey Issues “Returning Stronger” Executive Order, Extending “Stay Home” Order Through May 15 With Amendments

At an April 29 press conference, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that his March 30 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Order, (Executive Order 2020-18) which was set to expire April 30, has been extended through May 15, with some amendments.

Some of the amendments to the original “Stay Home” order include:

  • Effective May 4, allowing retailers that are not classified as essential under Executive Order 2020-12 and whose business involves the sale of goods, to operate and offer goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru, etc.
  • Effective May 8, retailers that are not classified as essential under Executive Order 2020-12, and whose business involves the sale of goods, may open, operate and offer goods for sale to customers in their stores provided they establish and implement protocols and best practices for businesses to address COVID-19 as detailed in the Order.

Read the April 29 Executive Order 2020-33, “Returning Stronger,” here.

For additional COVID-19-related updates from the State of Arizona, visit For health-related information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, visit

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

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