Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued a “Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected” order for the state, starting on Tuesday at 5pm.
The new order will instruct Arizonans to limit time away from home except to take care of essential business, including getting food and medicine, and being outdoors getting exercise in a way that respects social distancing guidelines.
Ducey emphasizes that the order does not require people to be locked in their homes, and encouraged people to get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather.
Last week, Ducey outlined what his office considers essential services:
- Health care and public health operations, including hospitals, public health entities, distributors of personal protective equipment and biotechnology companies;
- Human services operations, including those that provide services for the elderly, those with developmental disabilities, foster and adoption children and the homeless;
- Infrastructure operations, including food production, utility operators, construction and internet providers;
- Government functions, including first responders, emergency management personnel, 911 operators, child protection staff, welfare providers and more;
- Business operations, including grocery and medicine providers, outdoor recreation;
- Organizations that provide charitable and social services, including religious and secular non-profit organizations and food banks;
- Media organizations, including newspaper, television, radio and other media services;
- Gas stations and other transportation-related businesses;
- Financial institutions, including banks and credit unions;
- Hardware and supply stores;
- Critical trades, including
- Plumbers, electricians, cleaning, sanitation, HVAC and security staff;
- Mail, post, shipping and logistics;
- Education institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, universities and research entities;
- Laundry services
- Restaurants for consumption off-premises;
- Supplies distributors that enable telework and work from home and those that supply essential businesses;
- Transportation, including airlines, taxis, and ride-sharing;
- Home-based and care services, including for seniors and those with developmental disabilities;
- Residential facilities and shelters, including those for children, seniors or at-risk populations;
- Professional services, including legal, real estate and accounting services;
- Day care centers for employees exempted though the order;
- Manufacturers, distribution and producers of supply chain-critical products;
- Hotels and motels;
- And funeral services.
People can go to workplaces that are non-essential services if the workplaces are not open to the public. In addition, no documentation is necessary to justify proof of activities under the new order.
Read the full executive order HERE.
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