Ducey issues ‘stay at home’ executive order

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey issued Monday a stay-at-home order for all Arizonans.

The executive order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31, at “the close of business.”

“The objective here is to continue to mitigate and to slow the spread” of COVID-19, Ducey said during his press conference announcing the order.

The order allows for residents to leave their homes for essential needs, which includes obtaining food and medical treatment, as well as:

* 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.

In the order, Ducey emphasized that “there are no plans to close grocery stores.”

During his press conference, he said there are “enforcement mechanisms,” but he did not detail what those mechanisms entail. He also discussed Arizonans remaining active in the outdoors, but called on residents to not gather together when being active.