Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issues statewide declaration of emergency, curfew

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration and imposed a statewide curfew May 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey announced via social media May 31 that he was issuing a statewide emergency declaration in Arizona with a curfew in place beginning at 8 p.m. May 31 and effective for one week following several nights of protests over the death of George Floyd.

"This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we've seen here and in cities nationwide," Ducey wrote. "Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest."


Ducey said the declaration also authorizes an expanded National Guard mobilization "to protect life and property throughout the state."

"Our office will continue to communicate with local law enforcement to provide whatever resources we can," the governor wrote.

According to the text of the executive order:

  • The curfew will be in place from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and shall expire on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. unless further extended.

  • During the hours of curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel, with the following exemptions: all law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics or other medical personnel, National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by the State of Arizona, and credentialed members of the media.

  • Individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services.


To read the entire executive order, click here.
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