'Stay home, stay healthy and stay connected': Arizona governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order March 30 ordering Arizonans to stay at home. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order March 30 ordering Arizonans to stay at home. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order March 30 ordering Arizonans to stay at home. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Doug Ducey announced a stay-at-home order through April 30 for the state at a press conference March 30.

"The time for further action is now," Ducey said during the press conference. Ducey said the executive order came at the recommendation of Dr. Cara Christ, the interim director for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

There were 1,157 cases of COVID-19 in Arizona as of March 30 with 20 reported deaths statewide, according to the ADHS.

The new executive order reinforces previous actions taken by the governor to reduce crowd sizes and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Groceries and pharmacies will remain open, Ducey reinforced, and he encouraged people to only buy what they needed. Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and delivery services, according to the governor.


"We want people to stay home," Ducey said.

What the order means for residents

Under the order, all individuals in Arizona are required to limit their time away from their home or property except to conduct or participate in essential activities; for employment, to volunteer or to participate in essential functions; to utilize any services or products by essential businesses; or employment, if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from one's home and the business is not open to serve the public. No person shall be required to provide documentation or proof of their activities to justify their activities under this order.

According to the order, essential activities include:


  • obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home and residence;

  • engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members and pets, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication;

  • caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation of a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household;

  • engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used;

  • attending or conducting work or volunteering in essential functions, which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service; and

  • engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, and any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.

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