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Stay-at-home order issued for Tohono O'odham Nation

Rules bar any outside people, businesses from entering nation's borders
Ned Norris of the Tohono O'odham Nation
Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 16:00:20-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona is now under a stay-at-home order, just days after a statewide declaration from Gov. Doug Ducey.

Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris issued the proclamation Tuesday, and takes effect immediately.

The order, which aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the tribe, bars any gatherings with those outside of households, and calls for six feet of separation between others when such gatherings can't be avoided.

Gatherings like birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries are only permitted with members of the same household. Playgrounds and recreational fields within the nation are also closed indefinitely, the order states.

The order does say outdoor activity is permissible, so long as physical distancing measures are in place.