ARIZONA NEWS

Ducey says ‘best’ decisions will be made for Arizona on reopening state

Apr 14, 2020, 6:30 PM | Updated: Apr 15, 2020, 5:34 am

(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)...

(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

PHOENIX — With Arizona’s “stay-at-home” order set to expire in about two weeks, Gov. Doug Ducey will soon have to decide the state’s next step in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Whether that decision is to slowly start reopening the state or mandating a longer social distancing period is unknown, but Ducey is clear about the approach he will take.

The Republican governor said Tuesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad that he’ll make the best decisions relative to Arizona.

Ducey believes the scope of the virus Arizona is facing is different than other states and his response needs to follow that.

“I’m going to make the ones in the light that are best for Arizona,” Ducey said. “What’s happening here is what’s different than what’s happening in New York state and we hope we don’t get there but we’re preparing just in case.”

Ducey has repeatedly deferred to state public health officials on how to deal with restrictions regarding the virus, which has infected more than 3,000 in Arizona.

He’s been more direct in his dealings with how the state economy will recover from the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Ducey asked leaders from Arizona’s lodging and business communities in letters to provide their feedback on a plan for economic recovery.

Ducey said he’d like to open up the state, but only when the time is right.

“It’s not like a light switch that you turn off or on but almost like the loosening of a screw that allows more blood to flow through our economy,” Ducey said. “But we want to make sure from a public health perspective that is the right time to do it.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Store front of The Home Depot...

KTAR.com

Man indicted for organized retail crime, shoplifting throughout the Valley

A 31-year-old man was indicted for 42 counts of organized retail crime and shoplifting throughout Maricopa County, authorities said Friday.

16 minutes ago

(Pixabay Photo)...

KTAR.com

Westbound lanes of Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway reopen in Tempe after crash

The westbound lanes of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway were reopened in Tempe after a crash near Scottsdale Road on Saturday afternoon.

4 hours ago

Stock image of backyard swimming pool. A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized but breathing after a drow...

KTAR.com

Scottsdale to offer free swimming lessons throughout August

As a nod to Arizona Drowning Impact Awareness Month, Scottsdale plans to waive enrollment fees for swim lessons throughout August.

5 hours ago

People appealing immigration proposal inside Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix...

Associated Press

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

The fight to keep a proposed border initiative off Arizona’s Nov. 5 ballot is not over yet. Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

7 hours ago

(Phoenix Police Department photo)...

KTAR.com

Police investigating crash that killed motorcyclist at intersection in west Phoenix

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating a deadly crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle that happened on Thursday afternoon.

9 hours ago

mother of Mercedes Vega shares new details...

Serena O'Sullivan

Mother of Tempe victim in unsolved murder wonders if robbery suspect was involved

The mother of Mercedes Vega, a woman at the center of an unsolved murder case, joined KTAR News 92.3 FM's The Chris and Show Show this week.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Ducey says ‘best’ decisions will be made for Arizona on reopening state