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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Extends Stay At Home Order To May 15th, With Modifications

Governor Doug Ducey has extended his stay-at-home order for Arizona. The governor said Wednesday, “our stay home, stay healthy, stay connected order will be extended to May 15th, with some modifications.” Ducey says he made the decision to return in two weeks, based on current COVID-19 numbers in the state. He says trends are starting to look good, but he’s not comfortable about letting the order expire. However, the modifications are for some non-essential retail businesses, who can start reopening next week. He said: “we’re going to bring back a small step, with a partial reopening to retail. You’ll see the beginning on Monday, May 4th and expanded on Friday, May 8th.” Ducey also says restaurants will re-start dine-in service, however he said: “our goal is to do this sometime in May.” He adds, “the best case scenario, according to the industry would be May 12th.” The adjustment doesn’t include bars and pubs. The governor touched on those bar owner who want to reopen before May 15th, he said “the order is enforceable by law.” He adds, “for those who own an establishment and are going to flaunt the order, you are playing with your liquor license. Don’t do that.” The fine for Ducey says reopening will be a step-by-step approach as May goes along and will always keep Arizonans health as the top priority. He says all Arizonans need to accept good hygiene as the norm and if you’re sick, stay home.