We are providing the following update on Governor Ducey’s COVID-19 press conference from yesterday afternoon. For the first time since these public health updates started, the Governor arrived sporting a mask and emphasized the importance of wearing one when in public and unable to social distance. He also encouraged Arizonans to continue to adhere to all other CDC sanitation guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, the Governor announced that he would be updating his “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order to allow local jurisdictions to adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public. The Governor granted this authority after the Mayors of Tucson, Tolleson, Nogales, Phoenix and Flagstaff made requests to require masks in public in their cities. We have confirmed that several cities intend to move forward with the mandate. Additionally, the Governor specifically mentioned that this would allow for face masks to be required on public transit (if agencies chose to enact such a requirement).
In addition to delegating the requirement of wearing a face mask to local governments, the Governor's new Executive Order ramps up testing and contact tracing and has called on the National Guard and Arizona's universities to assist the State with such efforts.
Lastly, the Governor has provided revised requirements for businesses under the "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger" Executive Order (which is attached for you separately from the order). The updated guidance requires all businesses operating in Arizona to develop, establish, implement and enforce policies that adopt guidance from CDC, OSHA, and AzDHS to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The updates are primarily targeted at restaurants and bars that have been operational but clearly not adhering to COVID guidance.
For the full press release, please visit:
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
AzTA Executive Director