PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has made his decision on Arizona's stay-at-home order, which expires Friday, May 1.
Ducey says he has decided to extended a modified version of the order through May 15. He also said the state's travel restrictions on some areas of the country will be extended through that date as well.
Ducey says the new order will phase-in reopening of some aspects of the economy and the state. The first portion of that will be retail establishments, who will be permitted to voluntarily reopen starting May 4, with more opening May 8.
Those small-businesses would sell products curbside, with social distancing restrictions in place, Ducey said.
The governor also expressed hope for a "best-case scenario" to open some restaurants for dine-in customers -- with social-distancing restrictions -- as soon as May 12.
We’re also continuing to breathe life back into our economy. We’ve seen our big box stores innovate; let's allow other retail to do the same. Starting next week, retail stores can begin to partially re-open with sanitation and physical distancing measures in place. 3/ pic.twitter.com/2wC244aOce
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 29, 2020
Watch Gov. Ducey's live announcement in the player below:
Ducey first announced the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" order on March 30, which lasts the entire month of April.
That initial order says Arizonans "shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property except to:"
- To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
- For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
- To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
- And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
Initially, the governor's guidelines deemed personal care businesses like salons and spas as "essential," though the governor later forced them to close as well.