PHOENIX - On Monday, protestors turned up at the Arizona State Capitol for the second week in a row to urge Governor Doug Ducey to reopen Arizona.
Monday's protest happened and as the state inches closer to April 30, when Arizona’s stay at home order is set to expire. Gov. Ducey is holding a news conference to address the issue on Thursday.
The order, officially titled as a "Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected" policy, was issued by Gov. Ducey and took effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 31. The order asks Arizonans to limited their time away from their home, and also lists a number of activities that are exempt from the order.
During a news conference on April 22, Gov. Ducey said his decision on whether to extend the order will be based on what he sees in the virus data.
“We do not want to lose the ground that we have gained,” Gov. Ducey said. “I want to get back to where we were as much as anybody in the state. But I want to do it in a safe and healthy way.”
The governor said he could continue the order, modify it, or allow it to expire.
There’s still a lot of questions about what could, and perhaps should, happen.
Former State Health Director Will Humble, who is now the Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association, says there are encouraging signs Arizona is moving in the right direction
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out with new suggestions for an initial reopening, including in schools, where students have lunch in classrooms, at restaurants, where disposable menus and utensils are encouraged, and at churches, where virtual or outdoor services should be utilized and face masks worn. The six feet distance recommendation will apply to all scenarios
Still, testing needs a ramp-up to start phasing in a reopening. On Monday, Gov. Ducey announced an effort called "Arizona Testing Blitz," with a goal of testing 10,000 to 20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19, every Saturday, over three weekends.
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